With pre-season testing currently underway in Malaysia, Suzuki took the covers off the GSX-RR MotoGP contender to be ridden by Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins – and revealed that the livery will also be available on the 200bhp GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R road bikes.
Suzuki’s MotoGP machines rock a more subtle livery for 2018. The look is certainly similar to 2017’s, with the word ‘SUZUKI’ again being splashed large across the fairing and seat unit, although out go the garish yellow flashes of recent years and in comes subtle black detailing. While this will undoubtedly make the GSX-RR more difficult to pick up on the TV cameras, it should make for a more appealing proposition in the showrooms.
In common with current trends, Suzuki’s road and race bikes share a common DNA. The GSX-R’s variable valve timing system, for example, was developed in MotoGP, as was the valve train and intake funnel design. The new colour scheme will be in Suzuki dealerships just in time for the opening rounds of the race series too. The company says that it will be available from March, priced at £13,599 for the GSX-R1000 and £16,099 for the R version, which features higher specification electronics and suspension.