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Japanese Motorcycle: Alex Rins struck a deal with Suzuki for new rabbit-ear rear wings | MotoGP

Japanese Motorcycle: Alex Rins struck a deal with Suzuki for new rabbit-ear rear wings |  MotoGP

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Usually among the more technically conservative motorcycle manufacturers, Rins was surprised to discover that — less than two months after Ducati publicly released its dragon fins — Suzuki had its rear aerodynamic ready for Motegi this weekend.

But the Spaniard’s enthusiasm was dampened by the news that test rider Takuya Tsuda, who will replace Joan Mir, will try to use the new parts first.


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“I’m really impressed that Suzuki in particular doesn’t make this kind of thing very quickly,” said Rains.

“It was so funny because yesterday [Thursday] I found out about it at the end of the day, but they wanted Tsuda to try it first. So I went running to the Japanese and said “Hey guys, come on, give it to me please!”

“They still don’t want it. So I said, ‘Okay, let’s make a deal, if you’re competitive in the first minutes, let me try it first!”

“They said ‘Okay, alright.’ It was so funny!”

Rins delivered his part of the bargain by driving the schedules after the opening laps and duly took to the track with “bunny ears,” returning to the top with a new soft rear tire.

“I felt more stable in the back, when braking,” Rins said of the aero. “Apparently, comparing the first round with the second round, I was able to brake a little more forcefully into the corner. Less vibration at least.”

With rainy weather forecast on Friday, Rins isn’t sure if enough data has been collected to get the green light to compete with development, but: “If the information the engineers have and everything [looks] Good, we will use [them in the race]. ”

Suzuki joins Ducati and Aprilia in publicizing the aerodynamic hardware for the rear of the bike, although the Aprilia design is more of a traditional wing and has not yet been raced by factory riders.

Despite his early pace, Rins slipped to 13th on the schedule – meaning a potential entry into Qualifier 1 – after losing flying laps to the late Yellow Banners.

“Very, very frustrating,” said Reigns. “Because we were strong during all the free practice sessions. And in the end when I put on the last flex, the 2-3 laps I did were with yellow flags! So I couldn’t improve.”

“Now let’s try to get something good [wet] Prepare to qualify because the weather is for heavy rain tomorrow. So, let’s try to find a good compromise with the bike and qualify well for the race.”

Tsuda finished 25th last during his first MotoGP appearance since 2017.

This weekend’s event is Suzuki’s last home run before leaving MotoGP at the end of the season.