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Suzuki's issues down to Iannone?

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Suzuki's 2017 MotoGP season has been hampered by Andrea Iannone choosing the wrong specification of engine to be homologated in winter testing last year, Autosport has learned.

After winning its first race since 2007 at Silverstone with Maverick Vinales last season, Suzuki has endured a difficult '17 season, with new riders Iannone and Alex Rins sitting 16th and 20th in the standings.

One of Suzuki's weak points this year has been its engine characteristics.

Vinales and team-mate Aleix Espargaro realised last year that they could enter some corners aggressively, but lacked acceleration exiting them, as well as top speed.

To compensate for this problem, Suzuki built a new engine that was not tested on track until a private session at Jerez last November.

Rins did not take part in that test as he was injured after a crash at Valencia, giving Iannone sole responsibility for decision-making.

He tested two engines at Jerez: one with the 2016 base, and another one with a new setting.

Iannone concluded that the new version was clearly better and Suzuki therefore homologated that specification for the 2017 season.

But its poor results have led the team to think that Iannone's initial feedback about the engine may not have been accurate.
Date: Sep 29, 2017   


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