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8 March 2021

Suzuki Announces New MotoGP Project for the 2021 Championship

#36 Joan Mir  #42 Alex Rins

Suzuki Motor Corporation has presented its new project for the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR, a team competing in the MotoGP class of the world’s premier motorcycle racing series, the FIM*1 Road Racing Grand Prix (MotoGP).

Since Suzuki’s return to MotoGP in 2015, the 2021 season is the seventh season for the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR, the defending MotoGP class team title holder for the 2020 season. The team will compete in the championship with the defending MotoGP class 2020 world champion Joan Mir (Spain), along with Alex Rins (Spain), who was ranked third in the class last season. The racing machine GSX-RR, which is installed with in-line four-cylinder engine, has been further enhanced its overall performance to match the two riders. Also, the 2021 livery will have a Monster Energy sponsor logo.

The 2021 season will start from the Grand Prix of Qatar on 28 March, thru the final round in Valencia on 14 November. 19 races*2 are to be held in 17 countries including the Grand Prix in Japan on 3 October.
Suzuki aims to defend the championship by surpassing the previous season results of 11 podium appearances including two wins and five 2nd place podiums.

Through competing in MotoGP, Suzuki will further enhance machine development to fight regularly for podiums, while improving the brand image by giving technical feedback to the products to develop more attractive products that surpass expectations of Suzuki fans.

  • *1 Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
  • *2 Tentative schedule as of 8 March 2021.

SUZUKI-RACING.COM (https://suzuki-racing.com/)

<GSX-RR spec>

GSX-RR is installed with in-line four-cylinder engine that realizes a strong, flexible engine character, fuel efficiency, and durability at a high level. The frame has a layout that keeps its width slim for both maneuverability and aerodynamic performances, and optimizes body strength and weight balance. For the 2021 season, the machine was developed to balance cornering performance from the point where the machine decelerates to enter the corner, to the point where it accelerates at the corner exit, at a high level.

Overall length x width x height 2,096mm x 720mm x 1,140mm
Wheelbase 1,457mm
Body weight 157kg or more
Engine type Water-cooled, four-stroke in-line four-cylinder, DOHC four-valve
Displacement 1,000cm3
Maximum output Over 176kw (240PS)
Maximum speed Over 340km/h
Gearbox Six-speed (seamless system)
Frame type Twin-spar aluminum
Tires (front/rear) 17in/17in
Front suspension Öhlins, inverted fork
Rear suspension Öhlins
Brake (front/rear) Brembo carbon disk/steel disk

<Team structure of the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR>

Rider profile

#42 Alex Rins

Country Spain
Age 25 (8 Dec. 1995)
Statistics 2018 MotoGP 5th
2019 MotoGP 4th
2020 MotoGP 3rd

#36 Joan Mir

Country Spain
Age 23 (1 Sept. 1997)
Statistics 2018 Moto2 6th
2019 MotoGP 12th
2020 MotoGP 1st

Team Director and Managers

Team Director
Shinichi Sahara

Technical Manager
Ken Kawauchi