All engine development by unlicensed manufacturers (Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, Ducati, KTM) was outlawed in 2021 as part of the COVID-19 cost reduction measures introduced in the midst of last year’s outbreak. , The 2020 engine needs to be installed.
KTM must comply with the same development ban, but was created when the original rule was still a concession maker, allowing it to build new engines for homologation.
Suzuki has new 2021 parts that are being tested in Qatar, such as a new chassis and swingarm, but started testing the 2022 engine with test riders Gintri and Takuya Tsuda.
“We immediately started testing quite a few new items,” Guintoli said on Saturday.
“There is a new engine spec. This is from 2022. Therefore, we are already working on it.
“And today [Saturday] We also did more work on the chassis. That is, there is also a new chassis, a new swingarm, and another suspension.
“I’ve already done a lot of work today, but this is very interesting. So that’s it, it flats out right away and I haven’t been riding for 5 months. So I feel it. I am!
“We’re obviously not that bad at the moment of the 2020/2021 spec, so we’re already looking for some improvements in our philosophy.
“Obviously, Inline 4 lacks a bit of top speed, so I’m trying to make up for that as well.
“At this point, the engine is already so good that it won’t be a big step.”
When asked if the development of the 2022 engine could adversely affect race riders who had only five days of testing available before the 2021 season began, Gintri said the unpredictable nature of the COVID pandemic was Suzuki. Pointed out that had to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the current Engine Freeze and will begin work early in 2022.
“This year we have a freeze engine spec, and this kind of work will allow us to work towards 2022,” he explained.
“It’s very difficult to think about this situation with COVID, so I think it’s very good.
“I can’t go to Japan and test it. So there were some tests there, but they’re not the same.
“In some of the tests we did last year, we tried to use our time as effectively as possible, but it’s very important that we already work for the future because we don’t know what will happen this year.” I don’t know if I can get it.
“We need to get stuck quickly, make the most of our time, and make the track times we have efficient.
“The engine specs are not an easy decision, so you have to get stuck right away.”
Suzuki was caught up in a failure in engine direction when Andrea Iannone chose the wrong specs before the season in his first year as a non-concession team in 2017.
Japanese brands struggled all year round, eventually regaining concessions in 2018 after a podiumless campaign.
Suzuki is already testing the 2022 MotoGP engine in Qatar
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