April 12, 2012

New GSX-R1000 impresses in debut outing

Suzuki's new for 2012 GSX-R1000 that arrived in UK dealerships earlier this year, demonstrated its true pedigree over the Easter weekend, as the Tyco Suzuki Team secured a pole position and a podium finish in the opening round of the British Superbike
Championship (BSB) at Brands Hatch.

Following a change of technical regulations to the renowned BSB series, where traction control is no longer permitted and engine components used must now be closer to that of the standard bike, Tyco Suzuki's GSX-R1000 Superbike is actually one of the closest machines to a standard model on the grid, proving its potential at the hands of Josh Brookes and Alastair Seeley with a pole position and a very close second place finish at Brands Hatch.

Suzuki GB's George Cheeseman, explained, "For this season the BSB rules have changed, meaning that the bikes are now unable to run traction control systems and engine components must be much closer to standard. This means that for us in particular, the bike that we race on a Sunday really is very close to what a customer can buy on a Monday. Where other manufacturers have installed traction control systems as standard on production machines, at Suzuki we've continued to concentrate on reducing weight, improving agility and in turn improving the overall feel of the bike, which we believe boosts rider confidence and enjoyment. Our 2012 GSX-R1000 has already received great praise in the press, so it's extremely encouraging to see it doing well on-track too."

While Josh Brookes took a great pole position in the first race of the year on his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000, it was teammate Alastrair Seeley that narrowly missed out on a race win. Leading the race out of the last corner, he just missed out on the win by +0.136s to John Kirkham, to finish the only BSB race of the day (due to the second being cancelled because of poor track conditions) in second position.


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