Suzuki MotoGP team to be known as Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki MotoGP team to be known as Suzuki Ecstar

Published Mar. 6, 2015 1:53 p.m. ET

The 2015 Suzuki factory racing team will officially be known as Suzuki Ecstar for its return to MotoGP when the season starts on March 29 in Qatar.

Suzuki announced the partnership with Ecstar, the Japanese manufacturer’s own brand of engine oil, at the official team launch Friday morning along with unveiling its new livery.

Aleix Espargaro, who finished seventh overall in the premier class last year, will be joined by 2013 Moto3 Champion Maverick Viñales onboard the newly developed GSX-RR as Suzuki makes its return to the top tier of motorcycle racing.

“Finally, Suzuki will make a comeback to the MotoGP, the world’s top motorcycle racing series,” said Suzuki’s Executive General Manager Eiji Mochizuki. “Through high-level competition, we will sharpen up our technologies, and aggressively feed them back to our production models and interact with Suzuki customers all over the world.


“Suzuki will challenge to improve satisfaction of customers all over the world to a higher level, through racing and our products. We ask our fans to support the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR.”

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The bike of Maverick Vinales.


The bike of Aleix Espargaro.