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TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR GEARING UP FOR 2022 SEASON

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Team Suzuki Press Office – February 4.


With the start of a new MotoGP season just around the corner, preparations are well underway for Team Suzuki Ecstar as they prepare to tackle 2022 with Joan Mir and Alex Rins.

With a new look GSX-RR, which is upgraded not only on the surface but also under the fairings, the entire team are highly motivated and eager for trophies. 2021 may have been a tough challenge, but with their constant strive for success, the squad managed to close the year with Mir in the Top 3 and the goal for this year is simple: Podiums, prizes and points.

Suzuki’s Spaniards will put the new GSX-RR through its paces at the forthcoming Sepang Test and early feedback has given both riders a boost as it suggests a well-rounded bike with improved competitiveness.

Both Mir and Rins have had a promising and successful off-season, balancing time out with hard training and track laps. After Mir finished 3rd in the championship last year, his goal for 2022 is clear: Fighting for the top spot. Rins is aiming to add more consistency to his undoubtable speed and powerful performances.

The 2022 GSX-RR boasts a brand new paint scheme with the black flashes adding attitude to the slick, and now familiar, blue and silver. And an updated logo, a combination of retro and modern Suzuki stylings, can also be found on the bike, clothes, leathers, and team trucks.

Tying all this together is a fresh hashtag and slogan for the 2022 season; #GearingUp. This new phrase is designed to inspire fans to join the team in gearing up for an exciting year ahead, but also to show the intentions of the team – an improvement in performance and the idea of pushing everything up one gear compared with 2021.

Pre-season testing will take place on February 5th and 6th at Sepang International Circuit, followed by three days at Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia – the paddock’s first visit – from February 11th to 13th. The MotoGP™ season will then begin with the first race in Qatar on March 6th.

The 2022 season will be a tough challenge for everyone as the world is still dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the paddock personnel are also facing the longest championship ever with 21 races in the calendar and the debut of some new circuits such as Indonesia and Finland.

2022 Team Suzuki launch - Riders 3


Joan Mir – Team Suzuki Ecstar rider:

“I took some time during the winter to relax and shut off after a tricky 2021 season. I was happy to finish 3rd in the championship but I’m hungry for more, and it was important to reset so that I could focus 100% on achieving my maximum. My pre-season training has gone well and I’m feeling fit and ready to attack. I’m looking forward to getting back on my bike, the tests that took place at the end of last year showed an improved performance that I’m happy with, so now it’s time to show the new livery and put more laps in ahead of the season start in around one month’s time.”



Alex Rins – Team Suzuki Ecstar rider:

“The new GSX-RR looks amazing, and it also performs well! I’m really happy to be nearing the start of a new season. I’ve done a lot of training during the break, not only in the gym but also on my GSX-R1000R street bike. However, nothing compares to our race bike at the circuits. It's nice to reunite with the team, we are all focused on the same goal and I trust in them, we’ve all shown that we’re ready to achieve great things. The test days will be important, but we can’t wait for the first race in Qatar!”

Shinichi Sahara – Team Suzuki Ecstar Project Leader and Team Director:

“The off-season has been a very busy one with a lot of hard work, both in Europe and in Japan. Everybody has been putting in a huge effort to prepare for a new season where we hope to be more competitive. We have a lot of trust in our project, and in our two riders, and we are keen to get started – not only in testing but racing. Our GSX-RR looks impressive and with support from our key sponsors, fans and team members we want to put it on the top step as soon as possible. During the last test in Jerez we saw great potential in the new components, and the feedback from our test rider Sylvain Guintoli as well as Joan and Alex, was pretty positive. Because of this we started the winter break with some nice vibes and in good spirits. Let’s see what we can show in this exciting new season.”

Ken Kawauchi – Team Suzuki Ecstar Technical Manager:

“I must start by thanking the entire team and factory for the work they’ve done during this short winter break. Our 2021 machine was balanced and competitive, but it was important to take a big step forward in 2022 to meet our goals. As we’ve seen, MotoGP is incredibly close with many fast riders and teams, and we want to secure our place on the podium. The 2022 GSX-RR has a similar base to last year’s bike but with a few crucial updates, especially in the area of engine performance. We wanted to maintain the manageability of our bike, which has always been strong in cornering and stability, while improving the power delivery. With help from all the engineers in Japan and Europe we feel we’ve achieved this, so now it’s time to test it on track with our riders.”

JOAN MIR PROFILE:

2022 Suzuki Launch - Joan Mir-28


NATIONALITY: Spanish
PLACE OF BIRTH: Palma de Mallorca
DATE OF BIRTH: 01.09.1997
HEIGHT: 181cm
WEIGHT: 69kg
TOTAL WINS: 12
TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2
TOTAL PODIUMS: 33
TOTAL POLES: 2
TOTAL FASTEST LAPS: 7
HOBBIES: Ski, Skimo, Cycling.
LIKES: Racing cars and sailing.
DISLIKES: Losing time or doing nothing.
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Gladiator.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Japanese food.
FAVOURITE CIRCUIT: Phillip Island.



Joan Mir Mayrata (Palma de Mallorca, 1997) has not had the archetypal career path into MotoGP. In fact, his beginnings in motorcycling came much later than that of his rivals in the road racing championships. His first motorcycle was a Polini when he was 6 years old, until he received a small Honda QR as a gift one year later. But unusually, his family didn’t have an excessive fervor for bikes - everyone around him was more into off-road riding than on track, and most were enthusiastic about other sports. His father Joan, in fact, owns a skating shop in Mallorca, so little Joan grew up surrounded by skateboard decks.

It was not until he saw his cousin Joan Perelló, who was in the Stop & Go team in the World Championship, that he became fascinated with speed. An admirer of his countryman Rafael Nadal, Joan admitted in an interview that "like Rossi, I do not look up to anyone". And yet, paradoxically, his first experience of racing at the track arrived at Chicho Lorenzo’s school, where he remained for a year. From there he moved to the Balearic Motorcycling Federation’s school in 2009. There someone discovered that Joan had more to offer than just his enthusiastic smile. It’s also where he met Daniel Vadillo, who advises him and has accompanied him to each race since then. "We saw that he had something different," recalls Dani.

EARLY VICTORIES

He then started the adventure of the Bankia Cup in the XL 160 category in 2011. The Mallorcan won the crown with two races left before the championship came to a permanent close. Then came the MotoGP PreGP 125 Cup, the next step in the arduous climb to the World Championship, and Joan did not hold back, securing another title. In 2012, Joan headed to the Red Bull Rookies Cup where he completed two seasons: 2013-2014. During the first year of adaptation, the Balearic rider finished 9th in the general standings while in the second year he finished runner-up after a very close battle with Spaniard Jorge Martín.

FIGHTING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY

A somewhat turbulent 2015 arrived, in which some challenging circumstances arose. Joan, already prepared to start his career in the FIM CEV Championship, was left out because the Leopard Racing team cancelled the project at the last moment. Joan and his entourage got in touch with rider manager Paco Sánchez, and he helped the youngster to complete the CEV championship with a Ioda bike in the Team Machado but finally supported by Leopard Racing team. Then, just as the season was reaching its end and Joan was on vacation, he received a call from Leopard Racing team again, they wanted him to replace Japan’s Hiroki Ono injured at the Australian Grand Prix. A wild card appearance that was worth its weight in gold. After a low key debut Joan, who was 15th on the grid at Phillip Island, got a rocket start and placed himself in the lead group, but crashed out whilst in 4th. He had nevertheless left his mark.Leopard recognised his achievement and recruited him for the 2016 season.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SPOT AND TITLE

And so it was that the World Championship officially welcomed Joan Mir in 2016. And he quickly proved his worth; in Austria Joan surprised everyone with a superb race that gave him his first victory and his debut podium in the category. He finished the championship in fifth position, as Rookie of the Year, after getting three podiums, one pole, and two fastest laps. It turned out to be the perfect warm up for the 2017 season - 10 wins, 13 podiums, and a dominant title campaign. His strength and talent were clear and the Mallorcan won the Moto3 crown. An ideal way to graduate to Moto2…

MOTO 2

He entered Moto2 with Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS. Adapting quickly, Joan seemed competitive from the beginning and onlookers sensed a podium was coming. He did indeed secure his first Moto2 podium in France, and soon after in Italy. However, his promising start fizzled out a little for various reasons. All in all, Joan finished the season in 6th position and was awarded as Rookie of the Year just one day before testing in Valencia - his first experience riding the GSX-RR with the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR
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MOTOGP CLIMB

Joan’s debut season in MotoGP in 2019 saw him adapting quickly to the Suzuki way of working, and he said his introduction to the team was like “finding a second family”. At his first race, in Qatar, he achieved a great 8th place. He went on to score a further nine Top 10 finishes, despite a debilitating mid-season injury which saw him miss two rounds. Joan returned to secure his best result, an impressive 5th place in Thailand, and then backed this up with two further 5th place finishes in the last two races of the season in Malaysia and Spain. He completed his rookie season 12th in the Championship standings. With his focus on adjusting his riding style to better suit the GSX-RR’s own strengths, the youngster was ambitious and aiming high for the 2020 season.

100 YEARS CHAMPION

In a unique and strange season deeply marked by the threat of Covid-19, Team Suzuki Ecstar and Joan Mir kept their focus on racing. 2020 also marked Suzuki’s centenary and 60 years in competition. Despite the season getting off to a tricky start with a couple of DNFs, Joan bounced back quickly and continued to learn the traits of his GSX-RR with maturity and determination. A 2nd place finish at the fourth round in Austria set the tone for the remainder of the season, and before long the young rider from Mallorca found himself in title contention. A string of solid results culminated in a superb win at the EuropeanGP in Valencia and just one week later, at the same circuit, Joan took his first MotoGP crown in style. Becoming Suzuki’s first champion for 20 years.

READY TO PROVE

After a sensational title winning year in 2020, the following season was a bit trickier for the Mallorcan star. In 2021, despite showing great potential in most races, he failed to find his groove. Joan amassed 6 podiums but slipped to 3rd in the championship standings. In a highly competitive season, this finish was still impressive, but it left Joan hungry to get back to the top.

SOCIAL PROFILES

Website: https://www.joanmir36.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanmirofficial

2022 Suzuki Launch - Alex Rins-21


ALEX RINS PROFILE:


NATIONALITY: Spanish
PLACE OF BIRTH: Barcelona
DATE OF BIRTH: 08.12.1995
HEIGHT: 176cm
WEIGHT: 72kg
TOTAL WINS: 15
TOTAL PODIUMS: 53
TOTAL POLES: 17
TOTAL FASTEST LAPS: 17
About Alex Rins
HOBBIES: Rollerblading, Skimo, Cycling.
LIKES: Rallying and GT Championships.
DISLIKES: Doing nothing.
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Creed.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Pizza & pasta.
FAVOURITE CIRCUIT: Phillip Island / Misano / Motorland Aragon

Álex Rins was born on December 8th, 1995 in Barcelona, Spain to Rafael and Victoria. His first contact with the world of motorsport occurred very early in his life, as is so often the case with riders in World Championship racing! The first time he had a go on a motorised machine, Álex was only three. It was in 1998, when he was able to ride a quad that he had been given as a present. It was only his first try, but it would leave a significant and permanent mark on him.

Three years later, in 2001, a couple of friends of his father, Rafa, encouraged him to put Álex on a motorcycle just as a test. Rafa put his son on a Lem when he was four, and it seems that experience changed the rest of his life. It was enough to make him finally park the quad and start to dream of owning his own bike. Because of his insistence, Rins fulfilled his dream two years later and his parents ended up buying him a 50cc KTM motocross bike. On the Constantí circuit he nurtured his passion and began to train with his motorcycle. The following year, in 2003, thanks in great part to Montse Costa, he was able to participate in the Catalan and Aragonese Championships, obtaining a victory in the latter.

FROM REGIONAL TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

His true love for circuit racing began in 2005, when Álex debuted in this discipline competing in the last three events of the Promo 50cc calendar. Two years later Álex rounded off a masterful season by winning the Catalan 80cc Championship, the 70cc Promo, the Mediterranean 80cc Championship, and the 12 hours of Vic Endurance. Fast forward to 2008 - a year of discovery for Rins. After an excellent season in the Championship of Cataluña and in the Mediterranean in Pre125GP, someone important became aware of his talent…

Emilio Alzamora, former 125cc World Champion, fortuitously met Álex at the Almeria circuit and offered him his first ever contract, to enroll in the structure of the Monlau School. At the age of 14, he entered the Spanish Speed Championship (CEV) and during his first race he impressed everyone. In 2010 Álex defeated more mature riders like Maverick Viñales and Miguel Oliveira and achieved his first victory. He would go on to close the season with a fantastic third place. Álex Rins developed a reputation for being able to fight for victory in every race. His burgeoning talent secured sponsorship from a real giant; Repsol, who chose to gamble on him for even greater challenges.

Expectations grew and the pressure to win increased considerably during the Spanish Championship (CEV) of 2011. Nevertheless, Álex knew how to control it, he rose to the occasion, and was crowned Champion with two victories and three podiums places in seven races. In addition, he completed an incredible season by becoming European runner-up, surpassed only by Italy’s Romano Fenati.

When he was just 16 years old, he already held the Spanish title and was a European runner-up, and in 2012 an opportunity in the Moto3 World Championship became available to him. With the support of Repsol and Estrella Galicia, Álex made the leap to Moto3 riding a Honda bike. Two races were enough to get his first Pole Position in Jerez, and only four to get his first win at Le Mans, where he proved that people who had bet on him had not been wrong. With a slightly inferior motorcycle and on circuits that he did not know, he demonstrated his greatness in races. All the effort and hard work from the team led him to get 141 points in the World Championship. He earned the well-deserved 2012 Rookie of the Year title in Moto3 and finished fifth in the final standings.

ARRIVAL IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

A few months later, in 2013, the Barcelona rider began to truly dedicate himself to the sport. With a more competitive bike and the experience of a year in the World Championships behind him, he only had to concentrate on the task at hand, fighting for the title until the very last race in the tightest finish in the history of the championship. Álex visited the podium in almost all the races, obtained six victories and eight pole positions. Everything was at stake with Luis Salom and Maverick Viñales and it was the latter who finally tasted glory in Valencia. But seldom has a young man achieved what Álex Rins had in just his second year within the World Championship. He had six victories and got pole position eight times.

In 2014 he left his reliable KTM and opted for the brand new Honda, a big question mark. At the conclusion of the season he secured third position in the final standings. Shortly thereafter it became public that during the 2015 season he would make the jump to Moto 2 with the Páginas Amarillas HP40 Team, managed by former 250cc World Champion Sito Pons. The year ended with the balance sheet at two wins and six podiums.

GROWING UP


In Moto2 he didn’t let anyone down. In his first year, Álex was more than successful, closing the season with the runner-up title and again receiving the Rookie of the Year title. His performances improved race by race and he finished the year with a total of ten podiums, five second places, and two victories in Australia and Indianapolis, plus three poles in his first season in Moto2.

A year later all eyes were focused on Álex and Johann Zarco, the reigning World Champion. Until the middle of the season he was fighting for the title with the French rider but several inopportune falls and a shoulder injury drastically reduced his chances to fight for the crown. He concluded the season with third position and a total of seven podiums, with two victories and one pole position.

REIGNING CLASS

2017 marked his debut in the MotoGP class, joining as a Factory Rider with Team SUZUKI ECSTAR. It turned out to be a baptism of fire for the Spaniard, who was hit by injuries in the pre-season test, in winter training, and – most costly of all – in Friday Free Practice in Texas, where he broke his right wrist. His recovery took 5 races, and when he finally got back on his GSX-RR in Assen he had to re-start his whole approach to MotoGP. His growth since that moment was consistent and fast, allowing him to be fully prepared for a much happier 2018 season.

The 2018 season, Álex’s second in MotoGP, was much smoother sailing with fewer injuries and a much more competitive GSX-RR. Rins started with a bang in Argentina, taking his first MotoGP podium (3rd place). This led him to an outstanding second half of the season with three 2nd places (Netherlands, Malaysia and Valencia) and one 3rd place in Japan - an especially important podium in front of Suzuki Motor Corporation’s President Mr. Toshihiro Suzuki. He closed the year in a great 5th place in the standings.

MAKING HIS MARK

Last season Álex was finally able to confirm his place among the true front runners in the Championship, even leading the way early in the year. After scoring 4th and 5th in the first two races of the season, Álex took a superb victory at the Circuit of the Americas, backing it up with a 2nd place in Spain three weeks later. His own confidence, coupled with the increased competitiveness of the 2019 GSX-RR, allowed him to achieve a strong season - marred only by a couple of crashes mid-way through the Championship. Álex scored eleven Top 5 finishes, and a second stunning win in Great Britain cemented his and Suzuki’s status as true contenders. His consistent year saw him end 2019 with a very respectable 4th place in the rankings. Rins enters 2020, his fourth season with Suzuki, with more determination and self-belief than ever, ready to fight for the top positions at every race.

BATTLING BACK

The tough 2020 season wasn’t not only marred by Covid-19 but also by injury for Álex Rins. A nasty shoulder injury was sustained by the rider in qualifying for the opening round and it would continue to cost him as he underwent a lengthy recovery and suffered with pain. However, by the San Marino GP he was already gaining ground as he placed 5th in the race. He continued to show great strength and perseverance and climbed onto the podium at the Catalan GP in the season’s midpoint. A superb win in Aragon put him into title contention with his team-mate, Joan Mir, and he took a further two podiums in his quest for a top finish. Despite a difficult season closer, Álex took a brilliant 3rd in the championship standings, helping Team Suzuki Ecstar to achieve the Team’s Championship.

The 2021 season tested Alex to his limits after a string of crashes and an injury harmed his chances in the title race. Although he closed the year in 13th place, he enjoyed several races where his pace was clear to see, including a great 2nd position at Silverstone. The speed is there, and so Alex heads into 2022 with one clear aim; consistency.


SOCIAL PROFILES

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TikTok https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMLdhE27n/

SUZUKI RACING HISTORY IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


1. THE BEGINNING
Suzuki has its historical roots in another industry. The founder, Michio Suzuki, was an innovator who built a weaving factory called Suzuki Loom Works in the small coastal town of Hamamatsu, in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, in 1909. The production focused on cotton fabrics.

2. 1950’s: FROM LOOMS TO ASPHALT
World War II and the post-war period left Suzuki in crisis and forced large-scale restructuring.
In 1952, as a result of this climate of uncertainty, Suzuki decided to manufacture their first motorised bicycle.

1952 - The Birth of the First Motorised Bicycle
Named the “Power Free,” the bike was designed as an economical vehicle for those on a low budget. It was powered by a 36cc two-stroke engine anchored to a conventional bicycle. Its versatile design meant it could be ridden in a variety of ways; pedalled without power from the engine, or with full or partial power from the engine.

3. 1960’s: SUZUKI START RACING
From the racing debut, to Degner, Anderson and Suzuki’s dominance.

1960: The Racing Debut

The Tourist Trophy in the awe-inspiring Isle of Man was the first ever race in which Suzuki participated. All three Suzuki entrants finished the race.

1962: Finding Success
An East German rider, Ernst Degner, rode Suzuki to their first victory in the Isle of Man TT with a 50cc prototype called RM62. Degner was crucial in the development of those first Suzuki bikes. In 1961, after escaping from East Germany, he joined Suzuki and helped to develop their two-stroke motorcycles, using his in-depth mechanical knowledge and skills.

1962: The Flying Kiwi
In the final round of the racing calendar, New Zealander and former rugby player, Hugh Anderson, gave Suzuki their first win in the 125cc class. It happened at the Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1963: Mitsuo Ito
Suzuki faced its second full year in the World Championship.
A development engineer in Hamamatsu, Mitsuo Ito, took an extraordinary victory at the Isle of Man TT. This memorable feat went down in history, as Ito was the first, and only, Japanese rider to have conquered the dangerous roads of the island.

1963-1965: Anderson Shines
Hugh Anderson, who won the 50cc and 125cc championships in 1963 as well as giving Suzuki two constructors' titles in the same season.

He took his third title in 50cc in 1964, and a year later won his fourth, this time in 125cc. Suzuki seemed unstoppable in the smaller classes, and Anderson was confirming his legend status on Suzuki.

1966: The Two Cylinders of Hans-Georg Anscheidt
After the success of Anderson, in 1966 it was Hans-Georg Anscheidt’s turn to explode onto the scene. The German rode the fabulous RK66, a two-cylinder prototype capable of reaching 170 km/h. He confirmed his dominance in the 50cc category for three years, from 1966 to 1968.

And in 1970 Suzuki concluded a brilliant period in the small classes, when another German rider, Dieter Braun, won the 125cc World Championship.

4. 1970’s: SHEENE AND THE GLORY YEARS
After their success in the 1960’s, it was time for a change of direction for Suzuki, and they began developing larger capacity motorcycles. Suzuki’s history was about to take a dramatic and inspiring turn.

1971: Findlay’s Victory
On August 12th, 1971, Australian Jack Findlay took Suzuki’s first victory in the 500cc class in Belfast.

1976-1977: The Golden Years
Barry Sheene, a young British rider, arrived like a whirlwind into motorcycle racing and revolutionised the sport. Sheene was the first rider to become a celebrity outside of the racetrack. Considered by his fans almost like a 'Beatle' for his character, his lifestyle, and outlandish behaviour, he took the 500cc title with the RG500 in 1976.
This legendary bike occupied the first six positions in the championship that year. Sheene continued to shine, also winning the 500cc title in 1977.

5. 1980’s, TWO ITALIANS JOIN THE FRAY
In the 80’s Suzuki turned to Italy to extend their dominance. Marco Lucchinelli and Franco Uncini both proved successful in a private Italian structure running Suzukis, called Team Gallina, created in 1975.

1981: The Crazy Horse
Marco Lucchinelli was the successor to Sheene at Suzuki. The charismatic Italian rider, nicknamed 'Crazy Horse' for his wild riding style, won the crown with an RG500. Lucchinelli fought hard with a young and unruly American named Randy Mamola who, despite his enormous talent, he could never get a world title.

1982: Uncini
In 1982 success came for another Italian on a Suzuki: Franco Uncini. After five victories that season, he won Suzuki’s second consecutive title.

6. 1990’s, THE MAGIC OF SCHWANTZ.
Another of the talents nurtured by Suzuki, Schwantz had one of the most spectacular riding style ever seen in the World Championship. He pitted his huge talent against his compatriot Wayne Rainey, with whom he maintained an extraordinary rivalry throughout the years.

1993: “When I see God I know it's time to brake”
Kevin Schwantz made history by defeating Yamaha and Wayne Rainey after winning the 500cc World Championship with an RGV-500 in 1993. The Texan had extraordinary charisma and his style remains unforgettable. Not least due to his “full gas” attitude on the bike and his seemingly impossible braking at the limit of physics!

2000: Kenny Roberts Jr.
The next Suzuki World Champion also hailed from America: Kenny Roberts Jr., son of the famous 'King' Kenny Roberts.
Against the odds, he won the 2000 Championship after a total of four victories. That title, the sixth for Suzuki in the premier category, was very special as it put an end to a drought of seven years without a crown. Kenny won it ahead of promising youngster Valentino Rossi!

7. THE MODERN ERA
In 2002 the Motorcycle World Championship changed its name to MotoGP, but that wasn’t the only change as new rules saw the introduction of 1000cc four-strokes. After a bedding in year where both 500cc two-stroke engines and 1000cc four-stroke engines were allowed, it became immediately clear that the latter had more potential, and all manufacturers focused their development in that direction.

2007: First MotoGP Win
Australian Chris Vermeulen gave Team Rizla Suzuki an epic victory in the rain at Le Mans, achieving the brand’s first MotoGP victory.

2015: Back In The Game
After a three year break from the World Championship (from 2011 to 2015), Suzuki returned to the scene with Team SUZUKI ECSTAR.

2016: On Top Of The Podium Again
Spain’s Maverick Viñales flourished, achieving another win for Suzuki, this time at Silverstone.

2019: Fantastic Year
Alex Rins managed to win two races during the season (Austin and Silverstone) to finish the year fourth in the Championship.

2020: Champion of the Century
Joan Mir put together a sensational season, showing consistency and maturity throughout the year to be crowned MotoGP World Champion and put Suzuki back in the spotlight after 20 years. Coupled with Alex Rins’ impressive form, this was truly the ‘comeback’ year for Suzuki - a feat made even more special as the factory celebrated 100th Anniversary since their founding, and 60 years in racing.

2021: The Tenacious Team
The goal coming into 2021 was always to be challengers; challengers for podiums and wins. Piece by piece the team aimed to put together a strong campaign which would allow both Mir and Rins to achieve as many top results as possible. One way or another, things didn’t quite work out this way, but the riders and team (both in Europe and in Japan) strived tirelessly to find solutions, to build up success, and to keep a strong bond within the squad. Together they achieved 3rd in the Riders’, Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Championship.



STATISTICS

World Championship Titles - Rider

1962 - 50cc - Ernst Degner (GER)
1963 - 125cc - Hugh Anderson (NZE)
1963 - 50cc - Hugh Anderson (NZE)
1964 - 50cc - Hugh Anderson (NZE)
1965 - 125cc - Hugh Anderson (NZE)
1966 - 50cc - Hans-Georg Anscheidt (GER)
1967 - 50cc - Hans-Georg Anscheidt (GER)
1968 - 50cc - Hans-Georg Anscheidt (GER)
1970 - 125cc - Dieter Braun (GER)
1976 - 500cc - Barry Sheene (GBR)
1977 - 500cc - Barry Sheene (GBR)
1981 - 500cc - Marco Lucchinelli (ITA)
1982 - 500cc - Franco Uncini (ITA)
1993 - 500cc - Kevin Schwantz (USA)
2000 - 500cc - Kenny Roberts, Jr. (USA)
2020 – MotoGP – Joan Mir (SPA)

TOTAL: 16


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