Suzuki bids farewell to its motorsport programme after confirming it will exit the MotoGP and the Endurance World Championship at the end of the 2022 season.

  • Guintoli received a unique Suzuki Hayabusa for his effort in developing the GSX-RR.
  • The one-of-a-kind Hayabusa features red, black and blue livery inspired by the team SERT EWC GSX-R.

While it may come as a surprise for fans of the brand, the shutting down of its race department has more significant implications for team personnel – from riders to mechanics – who will face unemployment in a few months.

Also affected by the abrupt shutdown is Suzuki’s MotoGP development rider and EWC Champion, Sylvain Guintoli.

The ex-MotoGP, WorldSBK and BSB rider will now be out of a job despite representing the brand at the highest level, developing the GSX-RR and winning with EWC with team Yoshimura SERT.

To honour his contribution for all the years at Suzuki, the Hamamatsu factory has gifted Guintoli a special Hayabusa donned in the Yoshimura SERT Motul team livery.

The special Hayabusa features a red, blue and black livery inspired by Guintoli’s GSX-R race bike at the EWC.

While Suzuki won the 2020 MotoGP world title with Joan Mir, Guintoli is considered the backbone behind the Japanese firm’s shock run to the world championship.

His experience and input in developing the GSX-RR are often credited as the primary factor in the brand’s return to MotoGP royalty.

  • Suzuki has filed a 300c sportbike’s patents, speculated to be call GSX-R300.

  • The sub-500cc segment is the most hotly contested in the market.

  • Suzuki feels that the motorcycle market is moving towards smaller capacity and cheaper bikes.

Suzuki is making a comeback into the sub-500cc segment. These 200cc, 250cc, 300cc, 390cc, 400cc motorcycles appeal to a large cross-section of enthusiasts, due to reasons covering:

  • The next capacity level to step up to after owning a kapchai or scooter.
  • More affordable for a large section of the populace.
  • Easier to learn on, easier to ride.
  • Lightweight and simpler – good as daily commuters, especially for those who already own a bigger bike.
Suzuki GSX-250R

This battleground has been fought by almost all manufacturers for a long time. You could find almost all the brands here, even BMW has joined the fray with the G 310 R and G 310 GS. Similarly, Triumph had tied up with Bajaj to work on a 400cc bike in the future.

Triumph Bajaj partnership announced to conquer middleweight bike segment

Now, Suzuki has decided to fight back after being ominously missing.

Suzuki’s patents drawing for their 300cc sportbike was recently leaked online and is rumored to break covers at EICMA later this year.

They already have the GSX-250R in circulation, but they bike is a woefully underpowered single-banger, while their rivals continue to build high performance lightweights such as the KTM RC 390/390 Duke, Kawasaki Ninja 250 /300 and now 400, Yamaha YZF-R25/R3, Honda CBR250RR, and so on.

GSX-R300 Patent

From the patents, the engine appears to be a parallel-Twin. If Suzuki sticks to the dimensions of their GSX-R150’s engine architecture, the bore should be 62 mm and a stroke of 48.1 mm. That’s in the same league of its rivals and should produce around 40 bhp.

Also from the drawings, the 300 looks to have the design theme and lines of its GSX-R1000R big brother. The front wheel has a single, radially-mounted brake caliper and disc; the swingarm looks to be of aluminium, corresponding to that type of design. Tying everything together is a tubular steel frame.

Biggest question is if I’ll ever make to Malaysia. And if it did, will it be the full 300cc version or sleeved-down 250cc variant that we always see happening in our country?

Time will tell.


  • Khabar angin serta maklumat dari sumber yang boleh dipercayai telah mengesahkan yang sebuah Suzuki Hayabusa yang di-cas turbo bakal tiba pada tahun 2019.
  • Suzuki akan menyambut ulangtahun ke-20 Hayabusa pada 2019 tetapi sejak kemunculan kali pertamanya pada 1999, ianya masih belum pernah melalui sebarang perubahan yang besar.
  • Lebih daripada sebuah motosikal Suzuki yang di-cas turbo boleh dijangkakan bagi tahun 2019 dengan kemungkinan Suzuki mengubah keseluruhan barisan GSX-R mereka.


Rumours coupled with trusted sources have confirmed a turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa coming in 2019.

Suzuki will be celebrating the Hayabusa’s 20th anniversary in 2019 but since then its debut in 1999, it has yet to gone through any major changes.

Expect to see more than one turbocharged Suzuki bike in 2019 with the possibility of Suzuki revamping its entire GSX-R line up.

According a recent article published by Asphalt and Rubber, it was stated that the great folks from Suzuki has major plans to develop a turbocharged Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa for 2019. (more…)

Patents of long rumoured Suzuki GSX-R250 street bike surfaces online.


Internet abuzz with rumour of a possible new Suzuki GSX-R250 quarter-litre model. (more…)

After making its highly anticipated debut during EICMA 2015 last month, the new sixth generation Suzuki GSX-R 1000 superbike looks set to become a force to be reckon with. (more…)

After being absent from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the long wait is finally over after the covers were pulled off an all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike.

Its been a full 11 years since Suzuki fully updated the model, and this new GSX-R1000, which bears the ‘L7’ chassis code, arrives sporting plenty of new hardware and an all-new look as well.


Suzuki claims this new sixth generation GSX-R1000 is the lightest, most powerful and best handling GSX-R ever built, and we have very little reason to doubt that claim. This 6th generation GSX-R1000, or better known as the ‘Gixxer’ thousand amongst fans, is also the most highly equipped version of the superbike ever built.


As far as looks go, the sixth-gen Gixxer thousand now boasts a brand new face and yet, the bike’s lines remains rather distinctively unmistakable as a Gixxer. There’s new LED lighting all round that is complimented with a new LED dash display as well, giving this new L7 Gixxer a very high-tech touch. Of course, what counts for the most is what’s beneath the pretty new metal and this sixth-gen Gixxer has got plenty to boast.


For starters, it gains with a new and improved 999cc in-line four-cylinder engine primed with variable valve timing (VVT). The S-brand’s new litre-sized screamer offers 200hp and about 111Nm of peak torque. Highlights here include Suzuki Racing Finger valve train follower rocker arm to improve valve control and allow higher rpm, while the Suzuki Exhaust Tuning-Alpha (SET-A) and Suzuki Top Feed Injector (S-TFI) systems, which all combine to make what Suzuki call their Broad Power System. Crucially though, much of these were developed off the S-brand’s GSX-RR MotoGP bike.


The mill is encased within an all-new chassis design made using lightweight aluminium, but the icing on its cake has to be the Showa Balance Free Front Forks (BFFF) that was first seen in the rivalling 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. The Gixxer takes things up a notch though by pairing that with Showa’s Balance Free Rear Cushion at the back, and if our trained eyes are correct, you even get of twin Brembo anchors up front as well.


Like the rivalling Yamaha YZF-R1 and Kawasaki ZX-10R, the new Gixxer thousand also arrives with a full array of new electronics and advanced rider aids. Things start off with a quick-shifter and auto-blipper, followed by a 10-level traction control system, launch control, as well as three different riding modes thanks to ride-by-wire, not forgetting the all-important advanced ABS suite too.


The new sixth-generation Suzuki GSX-R1000 is expected to hit markets starting early next year but prices are still undisclosed for now. Nevertheless, this is one superbike we know will stack well against its other Japanese- and European-made litre-classed rivals indeed.

2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000 (L7)

Sources: Asphaltandrubber and MCN

Rumour suggests Suzuki is planning a new GSX-R 1000 for 2016 that set to debut later this year.



This week marks the arrival of four new Suzuki big bike models in our market courtesy of authorised distributor Suzuki Assemblers Malaysia Sdn Bhd (SAM). (more…)

We are sure some of you have already heard about the global recall for selected Suzuki GSX-Rs made from 2004 to 2013, but we feel it is necessary  to bring the word to those who have not here on our site. (more…)

Suzuki UK announced a run of limited edition black-liveried GSX-R 750. Only 25 will be produced, each featuring the Yoshimura Accessory Pack. (more…)


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