This is a Suzuki B-King replica of the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team motorcycles. Really gorgeous, especially the change of exhausts for those little ones and not so “japan manga” as the originals, which are really ugly.
Rizla is the rolling paper product steeped in history. Back in the days (1532) when bartering was the way to exchange goods, Pierre de Lacroix swapped ‘paper’ for a bottle of Champagne – a pretty inspired deal. And just so you know, ‘Riz’ is French for ‘rice’ and ‘La+’ is an abbreviation for Pierre’s surname. Now 470+ years later it is the world’s number one selling Quality Rolling Paper, available in over 120 countries worldwide.
In the world of two-wheeled motorsport Rizla created a history of its own, one that began with sponsorship of the great Kevin Schwantz and the Suzuki GP team in the 1980’s and more recently as team sponsors in the British Superbike Championship. Rizla Suzuki introduced Rizla Blue as a ‘race colour’ and that becomed synonymous with Suzuki and motorcycle racing. The Rizla Suzuki legacy was set to grow as it continued on its most competitive journey yet.
Chris Vermeulen joined Hopkins in 2006. Hopkins finished the season 10th while Vermeulen finished 11th with a 2nd place podium-finish at the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.
Both riders stayed with the team in 2007 and raced the new 800cc Suzuki GSV-R. Vermeulen took Suzuki’s first win since the advent of four-stroke regulations and finished the season 6th overall. Hopkins finished 4th with four podium finishes.
For 2008, Chris Vermeulen was joined by Loris Capirossi as the rider lineup and the same lineup remained in 2009.
For the 2010 season Álvaro Bautista joined the team.
For the 2011 season, the team fielded only one GSV-R for Bautista with no replacement for Loris Capirossi, who moved to the Pramac Racing team. At the end of 2011 Suzuki pulled out of MotoGP citing the need to reduce costs amid the global economic downturn.