Suzuki MotoGP team grew up a lot comparing it to 2015, when the Japanese Team came back to MotoGP, as Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins showed by being able to win some races. The Spaniard who is now riding a Factory Yamaha won his first ever MotoGP race riding a Suzuki in 2016, while Alex Rins was successful in 2019 in Austin and Silverstone, beating Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez.
Anyway, there were a lot of speculations about a Satellite Team which could be really helpful for the development of the bike, as long as the goal of the crew would be fighting for even more victories and podiums, over trying to fight for the World Championship. Nowadays the possibility of a Satellite Team is not real, even if there were a bit of rumors involving it, but for the moment it will not happen.
The bike seemed to be fast anyway, as showed from Alex Rins and Joan Mir during winter tests where both Spaniard were in the first positions. Their feedback was also positive, with the new engine who is performing really well for the moment, thanks also to the job done by test rider Sylvain Guintoli, who tried during this months the new engine.
Davide Brivio, Suzuki’s Team Manager, explained the situation: “Every year there are rumors about a Satellite Team, it could be helpful. Sometimes getting data is not easy having just two bikes, especially when we have some weekends where the weather is not that great. Anyway, having more data gives a boost to the development and we could discover more problems, but for the moment we do not have a Satellite Team. The positive thing is that we can fully focus on our two riders and we can still get good performance; we won two races and we think that our bike could fight for the podium in the major part of the calendar. Sometimes things did not go as expected or we did not make great qualifying sessions, but we have the potential to stay on top positions”