The team has taken Mir and Rins’ requests on board and, as of Austria, the Suzuki bikes will also feature the rear holeshot, in the same way as other bikes that have already had it mounted for a while.
The GSX-RR is the only bike to have raced without this device since the start of the season, but Mir was keen to use the rear holeshot and, as of the Styrian round, the 2020 world champion and his team-mate will be able to compete on equal terms with their rivals and attempt to get back on top after failing to meet with initial expectations. Midway through the season and Mir lies fourth in the standings with 101 points, 55 less than Quartararo, while the unlucky Rins places fourteenth, with just 33 points.
We all know a little about it now, but the holeshot is nothing other than a device that allows the bike to be lowered at both the front and rear for a better start with less chance of any wheelieing, but the system also helps the bike during the various riding phases, in braking, through the turns and on exiting the turns, lowering the bike’s centre of gravity for better rideability and limiting any anti-wheelieing cuts.
The Suzuki version
Team Suzuki Ecstar technical director Ken Kawauchi confirms the use of this new element in the latest Suzuki Racing Magazine, explaining how the summer break has allowed the Japanese manufacturer to “analyse the situation and implement new solutions” for the rest of 2021.
“We’re definitely satisfied with the GSX-RR 2021 - explains Kawauchi - But there is always room for improvement, and we believe that the arrival of the height adjustor will help our riders to perform better. When racing in MotoGP, at the highest level of sport, the challenge to improve is ongoing".
Translated by Heather Watson