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Telefonica Movistar Suzuki: Suzuki men look for better things to come!

Telefonica Movistar Suzuki: Suzuki men look for better things to come!

Team Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki riders Sete Gibernau and Kenny Roberts placed eighth and ninth in today´s first timed qualifying session for Sunday´s Portuguese GP, putting themselves on the second and third rows of the provisional starting grid, with one more practice session remaining.

Overall times were very fast, in hot, sunny conditions, with the first 15 riders all inside the lap record, set at the first Portuguese GP here last year.

But both Suzuki riders were disappointed in spite of the improved speeds – Gibernau because he lost time in the morning session, and Roberts because he had not been able to match times he set here during test sessions before the season.

Provisional pole position went to series leader Valentino Rossi.

SETE GIBERNAU : Eighth Position, 1:41.530

This morning we had some unexpected motor problems that meant I missed half the session. That´s left me behind the other guys, who have already picked up a good pace. In the afternoon I was able to get some good information that gives us some ideas on how to improve the bike settings for tomorrow. Once again, myself and my crew are doing the best we can with what we´ve got. My aim is to ride better every time I go out, and I think I am doing that. Suzuki have promised us that next year they will build a bike that will be superior to all our rivals. It shows they know we have a problem, and as far as I am concerned, if I can have a bike that enables me to fight with the other guys, I´ll be satisfied.

KENNY ROBERTS : Ninth Position, 1:41.583

I´m not comfortable with the bike yet, and I´m not yet doing the same times we managed in testing, with last year´s bike. That means we need to try and get as close as possible to the settings we had with that bike, and then see. There´s no question of switching to a 17-inch rear – those times back then were set using a 16.5-inch rear, which is what we raced with last year.

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