Ecstar Suzuki boss Davide Brivio has confirmed there won’t be a brand new GSX-RR for Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins on which to make their respective debuts at the Valencia MotoGP test today.
The Italian believes the race-winning package they have developed this season needs only step-by-step improvements starting with the engine as ‘riders always need more power’.
“We are not going to introduce a completely-new bike for 2017. Our basis is already pretty-good and we will proceed with further improvements, step-by-step. We are working to improve the engine; last year we had a big gap to close in the engine, but this year we are in a different situation as our performance is comparable with competitors,” said Brivio.
“However, we will try to improve further, because riders have never enough power and also because we know that competitors will improve and grow during this Winter. From tomorrow on, the bikes will have a first step of improvement, we will have the direct engine starter; this is not yet the final version that will arrive in February, but it’s a first step.
“Then we are working on some chassis parts for Sepang and Phillip Island, but we will be very careful with this and we will carefully evaluate if they are real improvements before adopting them.”