There are only 18 racetracks in the world which are deemed worthy of MotoGP competition. So when Suzuki invited Motorcycle.com to Italy's Misano World Circuit to test its revamped GSX-R600, we were chomping at the bit.
But why send a bunch of scribblers overseas to ride what may be perceived as simply a warmed over and restyled middleweight Gixxer?
Well, the GSX-R600 is a veritable lynchpin of Suzuki's lineup. It not only outsells every sportbike on the American market (about 20,000 in 2006), it's the best-selling Suzuki among all of Team S's extensive catalog, according to Garrett Kai, American Suzuki's Senior Communications Specialist.