During the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio said in an interview that upgrades to their in-house-developed electronics software will be a key focus for their upcoming test sessions as they adapt to the latest standard championship ECU hardware. Having already tested alongside current MotoGP teams at circuits such as Aragon, Brno, Catalunya and Sepang over the past 12 months, Suzuki wants to further their development at the Austin track with a plan to continue testing at the new Termas de Río Hondo track in Argentina in two weeks.
Brivio stated, “The electronics is one of the main items we will work on because we started in Sepang with the Magneti Marelli electronics but it was not ready yet. Despite that, we decided to start the development. So here in Austin we will have a new update, a new release of the software, because in the meantime we have been working on that in Japan.”
He added, “Another target of this test is to work on set-up, and then for us to get to know this track and to collect data for next year because, as Suzuki, we have never been here. So we need to get to know it and try to be more ready for 2015 when we will be here to race.”
When asked whether Suzuki intends to return to the premier class with Factory or Open entry class machinery Brivio replied, “Our plan is to be a ‘Factory’ entry so we are developing software and we want to use our own software next year, then for 2016 we will go to the standard software.”