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Telefonica Movistar Suzuki: GIBERNAU SLASHES LAP TIME IN STRONG SECOND DAY AT BRNO

Telefonica Movistar Suzuki: GIBERNAU SLASHES LAP TIME IN STRONG SECOND DAY AT BRNO

Team Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki riders Kenny Roberts and Sete Gibernau will start tomorrow´s Czech Republic GP from the second and third rows of the grid, after a final qualifying day that saw Gibernau slash almost 1.5 seconds off his previous best time.

The improvement left the Spanish star bubbling with enthusiasm, in contrast to his frustration after yesterday afternoon, when a wrong direction with machine settings left him struggling to pick up the pace, and circulating slower than he had in the morning free training.

World Champion Roberts was in a more sober frame of mind, after experiments with different tyre sizes failed to improve his time, and he dropped from third position to sixth. The American rider was still less than a second from pole time, in the thick of a close batch of factory riders.

The Czech Republic GP is the tenth of 16 championship rounds, and the first race after the five-week summer break.

KENNY ROBERTS : Sixth Position, 2:01.14

We´ve been testing a lot of things recently to try to be competitive and win GPs again. So really I can´t say I put 100 percent effort into qualifying today - more into getting the bike set up for the race. Other than that, I don´t really have anything to say after today. The race is tomorrow, and we´ll see what happens then.

SETE GIBERNAU : Tenth Position, 2:01.486

After yesterday, I´m really happy with the improvement to the bike. The hard work my guys put in has paid off. I could have been even higher, but on a couple of fast laps I came close to crashing at the end, and lost time. So I´m disappointed not to have finished those fast laps, but happy that I didn´t fall off. I need a good start, but I believe we can be on the pace for the race, which will be slower than qualifying. All the other top riders have tested here a lot, and this is my first time here on the Suzuki. To be within half-a-second of the front row, and a couple of tenths down on Kenny means that we´ve done a good job. Yesterday the bike was miles off the right setting. This is a very critical circuit, where a change in springs can make a big difference. I have to thank my guys again for finding the right direction. I´ve tried both 16.5-inch and 17-inch rear tyres. It´s a difficult decision which to use for the race. We´ll think about it tonight.

GARRY TAYLOR : Team Manager

Sete went really well today, with a big improvement that proves his calibre as a rider. He has gone better and better in almost every race in his first year on the Suzuki, and tomorrow he has another chance to keep the progress going. Kenny has also been trying both sizes of tyre, and that has left the team debating the options, with no clear answer yet. He may not have improved today, but his lap time is still in the ball park, with eight riders within one second of pole position.

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