Suzuki technical manager Ken Kawauchi is satisfied with the results in the 2019 MotoGP. However, for the 2020 season, Suzuki is demanded to be more consistent in competing for the podium in each race.
Last season, the Japanese manufacturer successfully bagged two wins (at Austin and Silverston) and the podium presented by Alex Rins. The Spanish rider then finished fourth in the final standings with 205 points, just six points adrift of the Yamaha Energy Monster Maverick Vinales racer on it.
Even so, Suzuki’s performance is arguably up and down. Because, after the champion in England Suzuki stuck fifth place instead of being able to win the podium again.
MotoGP preparations for 2020 will open with pre-season tests in Sepang and Losail in February, before starting the race in Qatar on March 8. Suzuki is raising the bar for next season.
‘The 2019 season is positive for us because we have reached the target. We are targeting to win at least one race, and the victory in Austin comes even sooner than expected,’ Kawauchi said.
‘Then we went to the podium at Jerez, and finally another victory at Silverstone. We were consistent enough to get closer to the podium throughout the season but after the British series we struggled, it was increasingly difficult because the competitors improved their performance and we could no longer take the podium again which is disappointing.’