World Grand Prix Road Racing History
1989 March

Kevin Schwantz wins the opening Japanese GP, his 2-year consecutive opening-round victory. With a total of six victories, Schwantz is ranked 4th for the season.

1988 March

Full-fledged restart of World GP works action. Kevin Schwantz wins the opening Japanese GP, then scores another victory in May at the West German GP. With two wins, Schwantz comes in 8th for the season. Teammate Rob McElnea, scoring a 6th-place finish, is ranked 10th for the season.

1987 March

Suzuki works back into action after three year's break, with new machine RGV-Gamma powered by a liquid-cooled V-Four. Only spot entries in the World GP this season. Nevertheless, Takumi Itoh comes in 3rd in the opening Japanese GP and Kevin Schwantz takes 5th in the following round 2 the Spanish GP.

1983 Setbacks including injury of ace rider Franco Uncini result in finally conceding manufacturer's title, to Honda. Highest-ranked Suzuki rider was Randy Mamola at 3rd for the season. Suzuki suspends works activities following this season.

Franco Uncini becomes the champion, winning five rounds out of the total 12. Suzuki wins a record 7th-consecutive manufacturer's title.

1981 April Graeme Crosby takes pole position on new machine RG-Gamma in the opening round the Australian GP. Suzuki riders take pole position in ten consecutive rounds out of the total 11 rounds. Suzuki machines win eight rounds; Suzuki wins 6th-consecutive manufacturer's title. Lucchinelli becomes the champion, the first Suzuki rider to take the rider's title in four years.
1980 July Newly joined rider Randy Mamola takes first win at round 5, the Belgian GP. Suzuki machines dominate the latter half of the 8-round season with four consecutive wins. Suzuki wins 5-year consecutive manufacturer's title. Suzuki riders dominate 2nd-through-6th places in season ranking (Roberts takes 1st place, his 3-year consecutive rider's championship), including Mamola ranked 2nd, Marco Lucchinelli at 3rd, and Franco Uncini finishing 4th. A total of seven Suzuki riders are ranked in the top 10.