Officially representing the Japanese manufacturer for the 2016 Historic events programme, and working in partnership with Suzuki’s Vintage Parts programme, Team Classic Suzuki will again be fielding their iconic XR69 4 stroke F1 machines. Team riders being Michael Dunlop & Lee Johnston.
Winner of the Isle of Man Classic TT in 2013, Dunlop was again able to show the amazing pace & agility of the replica Suzuki XR69 in 2015 as he won for a second time, including setting a 125.02mph fastest lap.
Looking for win number 3, the Team return to the Island in August to contest this years Classic TT.
Back in the early ’80’s, Suzuki’s XR69 was THE bike to have for F1 Superbike racing. Utilising the air cooled four cylinder four stroke GSXR 1000 motor, prepared by the legendary Pop’s Yoshimura, produced around 135bhp at 9500rpm.
The results of the original factory Suzuki XR69 was indeed impressive.
In 1980 Kiwi Graeme Crosby won the prestigious Daytona 200 event, before winning the TT F1 Championship. He also teamed with American Wes Cooley to win the Suzuka 8hour.
The following year Crosby retained his TT F1 World Title, plus adding the British TT F1 title.
In 1982 Roger Marshall proved just about unbeatable riding the factory XR69, winning British F1 Championship, British Solo Championship and the Ulster Grand Prix…….plus Suzuki XR69 mounted Joey Dunlop, victor of the 1980 Ulster Grand Prix, Mick Grant 3rd in the British F1 Series and 1983 & ’84 TT winner Rob McElnea,