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Kevin Schwantz Joins Suzuki MotoGp At Austin Test

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Suzuki‰Ûªs former World 500cc GP Champion Kevin Schwantz joined the Suzuki MotoGP Test Team for its test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this week.

The 1993 World Champion, who last raced a MotoGP machine in 2006, completed 11 laps of the 5,513m circuit with a best lap-time of 2‰Ûª12.75.

Schwantz, who also tested the Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike team‰Ûªs GSX-R1000s.

‰ÛÏI went on the MotoGP machine after riding the GSX-R1000 Superbike and it felt like going from a 500cc to a 250cc bike; the MotoGP machine is so small and compact!" Schwantz explained. "The bike turns, accelerates, goes fast; it does everything and I had fun and really enjoyed it.

‰ÛÏWith this bike you have power and braking so you brake and accelerate and the bike does all the rest. I think Suzuki should race now - the sooner the better! You can test a lot but in the race you really understand.

‰ÛÏAfter having ridden the MotoGP machine, I now appreciate much-more the GSX-R and I want to continue to work on that now to prepare for my race at Suzuka in July. So tomorrow I will only ride the GSX-R.‰Û

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