GSX-R600 Racing Round-Up

Team Suzuki Press Office - July 5.

Suzuki's 2011 new-model GSX-R600 Supersport machine continues to set race tracks alight across the globe with its first double-race win in the British Supersport Championship, its first podium in the AMA Pro SuperSport Championship; and an impressive first-time debut in the Australian Supersport series that resulted in the team moving into a title-challenging position.

Following on from his close-fought-for second place at the Knockhill British Supersport round in Scotland on June 19th, Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing's Alastair Seeley raced to two exciting victories at the inaugural Snetterton 300 at the beginning of July - an historic victory at the brand-new Norfolk circuit that has closed down his series second-placed points-gap at the half-way stage in the Championship.

Said Seeley: "That's what we came here to do - win races! It has been a perfect weekend for us with poles, fastest laps and two wins. Now we've just got to keep chipping away at the lead, but I have to say, the boys in the team have done a great job with the bike. It's making my job that bit easier and I'm sure my GSX-R600 will be even stronger as the season goes on."

Team Manager Philip Neill added: "It's hard to describe how good he is to watch in that sort of mood. We have improved the bike, but the rider is always the final ingredient and even we as a team are surprised to see how he dominated such a quality field. We know how good the new GSX-R600 is and with the improvements, we can make it even better for Alastair."

In America, 17-year-old Team SuzukiScoopFans' Elena Myers rode a flawless AMA Pro SuperSport race to capture her first podium of the 2011 season in the first race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on June 19th, posting the fastest lap of the race.

She said: "I got a good start on my SuzukiScoopFans Suzuki GSX-R600 and I was starting on the second row from the fifth spot - that's my best qualifying this year - and I felt pretty good about that. I was second off the line and then we had a red flag. In the restart, I had another good start and was trying to put my head down and I led for a few laps, and even went back-and-forth with the lead guys, but they ended up pulling a gap. I made my way home in third place and I'm really excited about that. It's my first podium of the year and this was my first podium since my win last year. It's definitely a big confidence-booster for me."

In Australia, the new GSX-R600 made its debut at the fourth round of the Supersport Championship on June 5th at Queensland Raceway in the hands of 19-year-old Brodie Waters.

Although he just finished off the podium, his fifth place overall on the brand-new machine leapfrogged the team from fourth to second place and just 21 points off the Championship lead.

Said Waters: "To come here this weekend with a brand new bike for the first time was a new experience for me. The new 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 was great straight out of the box, but we needed just a bit more track time and set-up time to get it dialled-in for the races."

Team Manager Phil Tainton added: "It was a tough weekend for Brodie in Supersport as we weren't able to do much testing of the new 2011 GSX-R600 before this meeting. The recent tragedy in Japan delayed the race parts we were waiting on, so set-up time has been limited. But I'm confident this new GSX-R600 will be a winner - it's got a lot of improvements over the 2010 model."

For full detailed specifications of the 2011 new-model GSX-R600: CLICK HERE

To watch the GSX-R600 video, visit Team Suzuki Racing's Video Page: CLICK HERE