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GP Week : Issue 211
dOUble spaniards fOr sUzUKi MOTOGP >>> nEWs suzuki has unveiled its 2015 MotoGP racer and confirmed Aleix espargaro and Maverick Viñales as its riders. Fresh from his maiden podium finish for Forward Yamaha at Aragon, espargaro joined Moto2 star rookie Viñales at the announcement, the latter stepping up to MotoGP after only one year in the intermediate category. At the same time, suzuki announced some details of its new racer. The GsX-RR (right) features a new inline four-cylinder engine (codenamed the XRH-1) similar to Yamaha’s M1 unit. The bike will use Dorna’s control engine management system with free software, prior to standard software being introduced for the 2016 season. Former Yamaha MotoGP manager Davide Brivio will be the Team suzuki MotoGP manager. The announcement means that Randy de Puniet will not race for the team next year. The French veteran, who has conducted much of the testing on the bike, is expected to make a wild- card appearance at November’s Valencia championship finale. Danilo Petrucci will join Pramac Ducati next season. The Italian has raced for the IodaRacing team for the last three seasons, two of them on a Ioda/Suter bike and this season on an Aprilia ART. He scored a career-best result of 11th in the chaotic Aragon race last month. Petrucci, 23, will join Yonny Hernandez on a pair of Italian V4s next year. There has been no announcement whether either Pramac rider will inherit ‘works’ status, as has been enjoyed this season by Andrea Iannone this year. Iannone will move to Ducati Corse to partner Andrea Dovizioso next year. Hernandez has raced a year-old GP13 this season. “I am very happy to have reached an agreement with Pramac Racing, a team that has helped to promote the development of young riders,” he said. “I am also proud and extremely motivated for the chance to ride a Ducati. I will try to give everything to make the most out of this opportunity for which I thank Pramac Racing. I also wanted to thank Giampiero Sacchi for giving me the opportunity to start racing at the highest level in MotoGP.” petrUcci Gets praMac call-Up 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: