After overcoming yesterday´s illness, finally today Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins were feeling better and were able to kick off the 2018 season with the first laps of testing. Because many of the improvements developed by Suzuki are important steps forward which need to be tested as soon as possible to determine the development path, both riders were eager to get back on the GSX-RRs. They both had an evolution chassis and an evolution engine, plus some other minor items. As is customary for Suzuki, the 2018 GSX-RR will not be a groundbreaking new machine, but rather the result of many small improvements applied to the current base. The work undertaken today is just a small part of the scheduled program. The team and riders will be called to more intense work next week in the three-day test session planned for Jerez (from Wednesday to Friday).
A brilliant final race of the season gave Team SUZUKI ECSTAR some deserved satisfaction, with Alex Rins reaching fourth place in today’s GP de la Comunitat Valenciana and Andrea Iannone not far behind in sixth. Sunday started with fireworks in this morning’s warmup, as both riders found a very good feel with the bikes and set fast paces. Indeed, Rins clocked the second fastest time of the session (1’31.448 / +0.185s) and Iannone the third (1’31.548 / +0.285s). The riders felt comfortable aboard their GSX-RR´s, able to be consistent over several laps. Despite a difficult start