Suzuki Motor Corporation has unveiled its MotoGP team name as Team SUZUKI ECSTAR. Suzuki will come back to the MotoGP class of the world’s top motorcycle racing series, the FIM* Road Racing Grand Prix (MotoGP), from 2015. The 2015 season will start from the Qatar GP, which will hold its race on 29 March, 2015.
*Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (International Motorcycling Federation).
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR will participate with the new racing machine GSX-RR, which is installed with the newly-developed in-line four-cylinder engine. Two riders, Aleix ESPARGARO (Spain), who was ranked seventh in the MotoGP class last season, and Maverick VIÑALES (Spain), who has stepped up from the Moto2 class, will compete aboard the GSX-RR.
Suzuki’s Director and Senior Managing Officer Eiji Mochizuki (Executive General Manager, Motorcycle Operations) said “Finally, Suzuki will make a comeback to the MotoGP, the world’s top motorcycle racing series. Through high-level competition, we will sharpen up our technologies, and aggressively feed them back to our production models and interact with Suzuki customers all over the world. Suzuki will challenge to improve satisfaction of customers all over the world to a higher level, through racing and our products. We ask our fans to support the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR.”
ECSTAR is the brand name of Suzuki’s genuine high-performance engine oil, which has been on sale since 1984. It has been sold mainly in Japan and exported from Japan.
In the occasion of the ECSTAR brand’s 30th anniversary and Suzuki’s participation in the MotoGP, Suzuki will seek to increase global recognition of the ECSTAR brand by establishing the ECSTAR brand as the global umbrella brand of Suzuki genuine oil/ chemical products, and making it the MotoGP team name. Starting from Europe, the ECSTAR brand will be offered to overseas distributors as a high-quality, dependable brand.
Overall length x width x height: 2,096mm x 720mm x 1,140mm.
Wheelbase: 1,457mm .
Engine type: Water-cooled, four-stroke in-line four-cylinder, DOHC four-valve.
Maximum output: Over 169kw (230PS).
Maximum speed: Over 330km/h .
Gearbox: Six-speed (cassette type).
Frame type: Twin-spar aluminum.
Tyres (front/ rear): 16.5in/16.5in .
Front suspension: Öhlins, inverted fork.
Rear suspension: Öhlins.
Brake (front/ rear): Carbon disk/ steel disk, Brembo.