We haven’t shown all our potential yet

KEN KAWAUCHI - TECHNICAL MANAGER

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We haven’t shown all our potential yet

We’re four races into this shortened and unpredictable 2020 season and I have to say that I’m satisfied with the performance of both riders, but not really satisfied with the results so far. We have a lot of potential but we haven’t been able to show it all yet unfortunately.

Alex had his bad crash and injury at the first Jerez race and this held him back a bit, even though he did an absolutely great job to fight back against the pain and get good points. Joan has the speed, but he’s had some bad luck with crashes and things out of his control, like what happened in Brno. However, he was finally able to get the podium at the first race in Austria with an excellent performance; fighting until the end to grab second place on the last corner. We’re happy with what our riders are doing, but we know the results could have been better.

Alex and Joan are happy with the way the GSX-RR is working this year. From the outside looking in, it seems that not much has changed with our bike compared with last year but in reality there are many very small changes on areas such as the cowling, frame, and engine performance - which we managed to do without losing our handling capabilities. All of these things have improved our performance and helped our riders to feel confidence.There is not one area where we’ve made changes and it has drastically improved something, it’s more a case of a culmination of small changes resulting in improvements. We’ve done all this without losing the overall balance of our bike and we’re pleased with that.

An engine freeze was introduced this year to help everybody in this difficult global situation, and this means everybody has to use the same spec. coming into 2021. Everybody is used to these new regulations so we accept it and we’re thinking about the future as always.

Due to the Covid situation this 2020 season is very short. But in the factory we continue developing, we will have some parts this season but maybe half the parts now will be for next year. But we understand this and we’re happy with the situation.

Alex and Joan are happy with the way the GSX-RR is working this year. I’m satisfied with the performance of both riders, but not really satisfied with the results so far.

This year is hard for everyone and I really must say thank you to the whole team, because everyone is handling the extra work and the safety measures very well. The situation is difficult but we have managed to find some positive things, such as the fact that we are in a ‘bubble’ so it has kept all the team close together and it’s good for the spirit - we support each other and spend more time together.

In Japan the situation is becoming slightly better but it was very bad earlier in the year, so the Suzuki company decided to split the workforce into two teams back at the factory. So there have been a lot of adjustments for everybody to make, and I really appreciate everybody’s hard work.

Results like we had in Austria lift us all. It was fantastic to see Joan on the podium and we all felt very happy for him, because we know it is something he has wanted for a long time. When we see our hard work paying off like that, it’s a very special feeling and it keeps our motivation even higher.

We’re looking ahead to the next races with a lot of positivity!

The fact that we are in a ‘bubble’ so it has kept all the team close together and it’s good for the spirit and we support each other and spend more time together.

We haven’t shown all our potential yet

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