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Team Suzuki MotoGP optimistic after a good test

Team Suzuki MotoGP optimistic after a good test

Team Suzuki MotoGP optimistic after a good test

As Team Suzuki MotoGP prepares for the start of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship, opening in Jerez with the Gran Premio Marlboro de España, Kenny Roberts Jr and team-mate John Hopkins are both confident that a successful test is indicative of things to come in 2005.

"I'm really excited about this weekend," commented Hopkins. "We've done so much testing I can't wait to get racing again. I'm feeling confident for the coming season and I need to start winning again – it's been so long since I last won a race. I need to start doing it again and remind myself how good it feels."

Cautiously optimistic, team-mate and fellow American, Kenny Roberts Jr said, "Suzuki, Bridgestone and the team have made some big steps this winter and the package is at a much better position than before. There are certain issues that we still need to work on, and we don't know yet where we are at over race distance, but I'm looking forward to racing the bike and finding out."

The team also hopes that refinements made to the lasted version of the GSV-R Grand Prix prototype will contribute to better results this season. The bike now boasts increased power to boost acceleration and enhanced controllability.

This season the team also has a new team manager, Paul Denning, who joined in January following a successful season in British Superbikes where his Rizla Suzuki outfit won both the manufacturer and rider championships.

"All of the team are enthusiastically anticipating the first GP of 2005," said Denning. Pre-season testing has gone well and clearly Team Suzuki MotoGP is going in the right direction. There is no doubt that we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but everyone will be working to their full potential to secure the best possible finishes for Suzuki at Jerez.".


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