Just got off the phone with a friend in Japan who works for Suzuki and he had some big news. (you heard it here first at BCSB)
The company has scrapped plans on any further development for the GSX-R line, and is at work on a groundbreaking new system to create massive downpours at MotoGP tracks around the globe.
Company executives have earmarked $100 billion US for the mobile system and hope to have it up and running within one month.
One senior manager on the racing side said after the race at Donnington today admitted that the only way a Suzuki could be at all competitive in the MotoGP class was to even the playing field with buckets upon buckets of rain.
Well that and 14 riders crashing out didn't hurt either he said rather sheepishly.
When asked about the GSX-R line and the budget cuts, the insider mentioned that they are collecting dust in dealerships around the world and that they expect to have enough units to cover 2 more years of demand.
When pressed about the engineering involved in "The Rainmaker" my friend was told that a big helicopter and many pipes and hoses were just a drop in the bucket.
A reporter for the Yokohama Times quipped "why not just give Rossi the $100 billion and have hime ride for you", moments later a group of security guards jumped him and the press conference ended immediately, leading some to speculate that Rossi had indeed been offered the money, but turned them down. After the race was over Rossi told some of his crew that "there is no enough money in de world to make Vali ride a Zook eh, i much more like Proton or even Honda"
After years of being the laughing stock in the premier class of motorcycle racing, it looks like Suzuki has finally gotten a 2nd place finish and some motivation to leave the basement.
Is the sun finally shining on Suzuki? The team officials hope not.