Suzuki Day 2018 was held at the San Martino del Lago circuit near Cremona in Italy, in what was the biggest event of the year for Suzuki fans in Italy with 3000 enthusiasts attending alongside special guests Andrea Iannone and Kevin Schwantz.
Race fans could prove their capabilities on track, both with their own Suzuki machines and with the several GSX-R1000R demo bikes available, while free tests on any of the other bikes in the range were available on the streets around the circuit. Young fans were also not disappointed, with the 125 and 250cc bikes available to try on the smaller kart circuit.
Iannone, fresh from his third place in the Austin, Texas MotoGP race the previous weekend, was happy to join the event and had a host of fans celebrating this great result, all eager to get an autograph and a picture in one of the signing sessions organised by Suzuki Italy.
“I was not expecting such a big event in Italy and I must say that I got surprised by the affection I got at the Suzuki Day in Cremona. The paddock was full of people and all of them could find an activity that could make them happy. We met a lot of fans – I’ve immediately lost the count of how many autographs I signed – that once again proved how much affection the Suzuki brand holds for people. The bikes are amazing, we took some laps of the circuit with more than 400 people and I got touched by the affection I got back. These events are important to me because they make me really feel how important we are for the people and realise how important they are for us. When we are at the GPs it’s a lot harder to feel the closeness with the people, because of the tight schedule and the focus that we have to keep on the race, so when you can attend such a more informal event, you can relax a little and really enjoy this fantastic passion that is the motorbikes.”
But the highlight of the event was the big riders parade, when more than 400 bikes – led by Iannone and Schwantz took part in a couple of laps of the Cremona Circuit, ending with a group picture into the Suzuki ‘S.’
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