Watch the Suzuki GSX-R 30 Years of Performance Documentary Part 2

The second (and final part) of the GSX-R family tells the story of how Suzuki became a force to be reckoned within the road racing world, culminating with the manufacturer's return to the MotoGP. Unfortunately, Hamamatsu still offers no info as to when the new generation of GSX-R machines should be expected.
Suzuki GSX-R1000 tested at Hamamatsu 1 photo
Photo: Youtube capture
2005 brings the first large-scale international recognition for the 1000cc GSX-R machine, when Suzuki wins the World Superbike Championship in their debut year in the series. Multiple other national Superbike titles add to this major performance, coining the name of the GSX-R1000 as one of the strongest contenders to any Superbike accolade.

The success of the GSX-R superbike led to Suzuki aim at even higher performance. They adopted the "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" philosophy, knowing that the success on the circuit will be a major selling point in the showroom.

Superbike racing success was rightfully recognized as one of the most efficient marketing moves and the best advertising. Unlike the MotoGP series that fields unique prototypes that cost millions of dollars, the WSBK relies on bikes derived from the actual road-going motorcycles. This means that customers can buy a machine that is indeed fairly close to the one that takes the start in a championship.

Ten AMA Superbike titles in the US

Suzuki won no less than ten AMA Superbike championships between 1999 and 2009, showing how dominant the GSX-R1000 was. With a total of 13 AMA Superbike titles, the GSX-R machine adds even more to its success with Endurance World Championship (EWC) victories.

In EWC, Suzuki authoritatively clawed no less than 10 titles in the last 14 years, and among them, eight victories in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour. According to Hamamatsu, the GSX-R is unsurpassed as a single motorcycle when it comes to its number of wins in road racing competitions.

In MotoGP, Suzuki is completing their first full season after the last hiatus, and it looks like the future of the GSX-RR is a bright one, with the new in-line engine and two young guns at the helm of the bike. Enjoy the video and stay put as we are trying to find out more about the upcoming GSX machines at EICMA this November.

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