Suzuki Grand Prix World Champions Display
Suzuki showcases magnificent seven with world championship-winning machines on display at Motorcycle Live
Suzuki is displaying all seven of its world championship-winning Grand Prix machines at this year’s Motorcycle Live, including the GSX-RR of 2020 title-winner Joan Mir and Barry Sheene’s 1976 and 1977 500s.
Mir won last year’s title in only his second season in MotoGP’s premier class, with unwavering consistency that saw him finish on the podium seven times in nine races. A 37-point lead going into the penultimate round of the season saw him clinch the crown with a round to spare.
The young Spaniard became the sixth rider to win a premier class world championship with Suzuki, and the first rider to do so on four-stroke machinery, after Kenny Roberts Junior became the 2000 world champion aboard a Telefonica Movistar-sponsored RGV500.
That bike will be displayed alongside the famous RGV500 raced to world championship glory by legend Kevin Schwantz in 1993, resplendent in its Lucky Strike livery. Schwants won four Grands Prix that year, and finished on the podium another six times.
Suzuki machinery took back-to-back world titles in 1981 and 1982. Marco Lucchinelli, on his Nava Gallina Suzuki RG500, beat Randy Mamola, on the Heron Suzuki, to the title by 11 points. A year later fellow Italian Franco Uncini won the championship by 27 points, again on RG500 machinery.
Suzuki’s most famous and most popular world champion is also the brand’s only double world champion, with Briton Barry Sheene sealing the 1976 and 1977 titles for the Heron Suzuki team. His 1976 title came just two years after Suzuki returned to Grand Prix racing.
Sheene’s title winning 500s have already been displayed at Motorcycle Live, and since then have also been restored to working order by former Grand Prix technicians Martyn Ogborne and Nigel Everett. The iconic race bikes – that defined a generation – will complete the Suzuki feature.
Suzuki can be found on stand 3E15 in hall 3A.