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GSV-R since 2007. Noting financial constraints, Suzuki opted to

pull out of the championship with a clear intention to return soon.

As it turns out, Suzuki was probably waiting for more favorable

conditions to prevail before bringing its new GSX-RR racer to


This time the engine is an in-line four, with all the typical specs

that fill the grid of MotoGP – twin-spar aluminum frame, Brembo

and Ohlins. Suzuki had been developing this new machine for at

least four years, and designed it around the electronic package

that is now enforced by Dorna throughout the field. The fact that

both Suzukis were capable of finishing consistently in the top ten

in their first year is more or less unsurprising.

Having secured the services of Davide Brivio, the Italian team

manager that played a pivotal role in luring Valentino Rossi to

Yamaha in 2004, Suzuki hired one of the most talented young

riders, the Spaniard Maverick Vinales, next to Aleix Espargaro.

Vinales has already shown some fragments of his talent, with a

sixth place in the first race of 2016 and falling while chasing

Valentino Rossi for second place in Argentina.

The Italian company carries a huge tradition in Grand Prix

racing, especially in the smaller classes. In MotoGP Aprilia has

been present during the last years in the Open class, with

motorcycles derived from the RSV4 superbike. Last year though

Aprilia partnered with Gresini Racing and formed a factory squad

that would prepare with an underpowered bike while waiting for

the brand new RS-GP bike that was introduced this year.

The new engine is described as a narrow V4 in an alumimun

frame, with all the typical gear that we’ve learnt to expect –

Brembo and Ohlins anyone?

The RS-GP is still a rather unknown quantity, although having

both placed in the top-10 of the Argentinian GP is a very good

result. We’re talking about a bike that Aprilia’s riders, Alvaro

Bautista and Stefan Bradl, first tested on February.

The Austrian factory is no stranger to MotoGP as it was present

during the first four-stroke years. KTM quickly withdrew from the

highest class, but has remained as a main contender in the

smallest Moto3 category.

As of next year, KTM returns to MotoGP with a brand new bike

called RC16. Information is rather scarce, but we do know that it is

a V4 and it will be the only prototype on the grid with a tubular

steel frame and WP suspensions.

So far KTM is testing with ex-GP riders Randy de Puniet, Mika

Kallio and Alex Hofmann, while for its debut year it has already

contracted the talented Englishman Bradley Smith.

With Red Bull as the main sponsor, KTM is expected to make its

racing debut this year in August as a wildcard entry at the Austrian

GP, which will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.