Suzuki 2020 Winter Magazine

TEAM SUZUKI RACING NEWS 48 2020 Winter Issue the likes of Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin, John Reynolds and Danny Webb. Much of the team’s success in the early part of the decade can be attributed to Dunlop’s heroics at the Classic TT on the Isle of Man. Piloting an XR69 replica in the F1 races, Dunlop picked-up victories in 2013, 2015 and 2016. His win in 2016 saw him set a new lap record of 126.808mph and a new race record of 1:12:57.75. While racing to win, Team Classic Suzuki also always aims to produce a spectacle for the fans of classic motorcycle racing, and after two years at the event aboard an XR69 as Dunlop’s teammate, Webb swapped the big four-stroke machine for an original RG500 in 2018. The Mk10 Grand Prix machine was an instant hit with the spectators lining the 37-mile mountain course as it sang its way around the famous circuit. After a 115mph lap in practice, Webb was confident of going faster, but a blown head gasket ended his race early. Despite meticulous preparation, it was proof of the perils that come from racing 35-year-old motorcycles. KEEPING THE PASSION ALIVE MotoGP is all about the latest and greatest, with prototype machinery constantly evolving as teams and manufacturers develop new technology, but at the other end of the scale is Team Classic Suzuki, racing around the world on a variety of bikes that Suzuki fans still love. T eam Classic Suzuki is one of the highest profile classic motorcycle racing teams in Europe, jointly operated by Suzuki GB with strong independent affiliates and has achieved notable success, especially in recent years. That success comes down to expert machine preparation, thanks to support from Suzuki GB’s Vintage Parts Program and an experienced rider roster that has included Team Classic Suzuki Team Classic Suzuki’s Pete Boast in action at the Aragon 4-Hour Endurance.