|SUZUKI MotoGP is heading to Sepang circuit this week to hold its final test session of 2005 with both its young riders eager to get development underway for 2006.|
The 5.5km Sepang circuit is an excellent testing ground for the Suzuki with a good variation of corners, two high-speed straights and very smooth and sweeping chicanes. The challenging and fast nature of the track will give both riders and technicians alike the chance to push the bike and new parts to their limits.
Riders John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen will be testing a large range of options for their GSV-R race bikes and are hoping for better weather than during the last test at Valencia earlier this month.
|Hopkins (left) qualified on the front row for the Malaysian Grand Prix earlier in the season and will be using all his knowledge of the Sepang circuit to put Suzuki’s prototype 2006 challenger through its paces.
Hopkins’ three day test on this all-new machine, in addition to tests with the newest generation of Bridgestone tyres and Ohlins suspension, will see the Anglo-American assuming an important role in terms of defining the team’s 2006 direction.
|Vermeulen (right) is looking to get in a full test on the 2005 GSV-R after the awful weather at Valencia intervened to cut short his first full day on the bike.
He initially showed good pace and will now use the three-day test to learn a lot more about how the machine and his new team work. Suzuki’s new signing will be riding at Sepang for the first time in his career.
The test will run from November 28th until the 30th and the last time for Team SUZUKI MotoGP before the test ban commences in December. The team will resume testing in January – also at Sepang – before further outings at Qatar and Sepang.
For further details of the 2006 MOTOGP Calendar see Event Calendar on motorsportchannel.com.