A really busy weekend at the Circuit of the Americas. Suzuki concluded the short extra-European period with the second consecutive podium signed by a very solid Alex Rins at the end of a race as a protagonist. But it is a second place that is worth a round figure for the house of Hamamatsu, a not bad goal: the # 42 brought the podium number 500, considering all world classes. Specifically 84 in 50cc, 93 in 125cc, 7 in 250cc and 316 in the premier class, between 500cc and MotoGP. A story that began with Ernst Degner among the mosquitoes in the 1962 TT, with some of its protagonists present in Austin. Let’s review their results, some steps towards this important stage.
The US round was an opportunity to review some faces of yesteryear for Suzuki. That is to say Randy Mamola, Franco Uncini, Kevin Schwantz, John Hopkins And Loris Capirossi, all with a nice chapter that linked them to these colors. Starting from the first, who with Suzuki lived the 500cc period from 1979 to 1983, before moving on to other manufacturers. With him they arrived 5 winsother 16 podiums And two vice-championships in the two-year period 1980-1981. The Italian champion follows, tied to this brand throughout his career in the top class. Theiris in 1982the golden year, in which they all arrived five her victories in 500cc, to which to add others six podiums. Let’s go on with Schwantz, with the same path as Uncini’s, but more prolific. From the 1988 Suzuka triumph to the 1994 success at Donington Park it has amassed 25 wins, 51 podiums in total and the title in 1993the year of the 400th podium. Then there is “Hopper”, who spent six years with Suzuki in MotoGP, conquering four podiums all in 2007, the last vintage together. To finish with ‘Capirex’, linked to the brand for three years with a podium on the scoresheet, a 3rd place in Brno 2008.
The return years
Among those present in the garage Suzuki could certainly not miss it too Maverick Viñales. Currently in Aprilia, but who has experienced the first two years of the Japanese home’s return to MotoGP. Not an easy period, but it was he who brought the first weight results, all in 2016: the first podium arrives in Le Mans, then follows the first triumph at Silverstone, obtaining then two other podiums. Obviously he was not present, but it is also worth remembering the four podiums won by Andrea Iannone in 2018, the same year in which the history of Alex Rins with five podiums on the report. From 2019 the path of the current binomial begins, with many satisfactions in the report: Joan Mir in fact he also reported the title to Suzuki in 2020getting so far a win and others 12 podiums. As for # 42, in addition to those first results they also arrived three hits and others 12 podiumsthe last note just yesterday to mark another nice goal.
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