It was Gigi Dall’Igna who conceived the holeshot, a device that other teams soon copied, but one that Suzuki is yet to adopt. The device reduces tyre degradation, generates greater aerodynamic load at the front and further reduces the anti-wheelie effect. The Hamamatsu manufacturer is yet to mount this significant new element on the back of its bikes, but riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir nevertheless hope to have it in time for the Austrian GP on 15 August.

 In practical terms

How much is Suzuki losing without the holeshot? Rins explains to Spanish website As.com: “Suzuki calculates it at each track. At the Sachsenring we were losing four tenths per lap, at Assen it was between three and four, the same as Qatar”. Significant figures, which prevent Mir and Rins from easily closing the gap in the races. The Spaniard adds: “We’ve been asking for it for a long time. But the most important thing is that our bike is working well. Suzuki is working hard and will give us this new element only when they are sure it works well”. Perhaps that moment is nearly upon us.

Translated by Heather Watson

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