Now Moto’s Big Bike Chat: Suzuki to stand on the top step in 2019?

The Sepang test may be over but the talking hasn’t. Take a look at all the latest headlines all in one place!

  • Danilo Petrucci had a remarkable test in Malaysia, topping the test whilst obliterating the pre existing lap record set by former Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo at the same time.
  • Alex Rins believes that Suzuki has what it takes to “win races in 2019”. Rins put in more 1’59s laps on the third day than any other rider and he was also quick under one-lap conditions, setting a 1’59.180.
  • Valentino Rossi believes that the Yamaha’s one-lap pace could be the downfall in 2019 despite his teammate Maverick Vinales beating the lap record set by Lorenzo during the final day of testing.
  • Marc Marquez still believes that the front end of the 2019 RC213V is still the most critical point of the package. It’s no secret that Honda can’t get away with the Soft or Medium front forcing the Honda riders into running the Hard front, something Marquez pushed the Japanese manufacturer to solve for 2019.

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    Photo credit: motogp.com
  • Ducati may look the strongest on paper however Monster Energy Yamaha riders believe that they are level with the two Japanese Manufacturers (Honda and Yamaha) on their race pace.
  • Despite Pecco Bagnaia ending the test in 2nd place, just 0.063s behind Danilo Petrucci, we suspect it will be Quartararo or Oliveira who will take the top rookie spot in Qatar as Pecco was unable to complete any long runs, therefore, the tyre degradation will be a new factor for the VR46 academy rider.

  • Aruba.it Ducati uncovered the 2019 Panigale V4R last week revealing a spectacular livery that Chaz Davies and 2006 125cc World Champion Alvaro Bautista will ride in 2019.

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    Photo credit: Motorpasion Moto
  • Speaking to Greg Haines of MCN, Leon Haslam recons that anyone will be able to win the all-new Sprint race and that the Pocket Rocket will have a good chance at the opening round in Phillip Island, a track he last won at on the Aprilia in 2015.

  • Chris ‘Stalker’ Walker will return to racing in 2019 after agreeing to a new deal with Anvil Hire TAG Racing. Walker moved to three wheels in 2016 but a nasty crash at Cadwell Park left him sidelined until now. Tom Christie will be his passenger.
  • Richard Cooper will compete in the 2019 North West 200 races onboard a Superstock Suzuki and Superbike Suzuki. Cooper follows Seeley, Irwin and Hickman from the BSB paddock to take on the Triangle course.
  • Andy Reid returns to racing in 2019 after a wrist injury saw him miss the final few rounds in 2018. Reid returns to Tyco BMW for a Superstock title attack a team he last rode for in the Superbike class in 2017.

Featured Image Credit: GP-Photo.de – by Ronny Lekl

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