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Denning on ‘a frantic and hard race'

Denning on ‘a frantic and hard race'

Denning on ‘a frantic and hard race'

After MotoGP's historic return to the United States for the first time in more the 10 years, Red Bull Suzuki team principal Paul Denning reflected on the race, held on Sunday at the legendary the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which saw John Hopkins taking 6th for the Hamamatsu factory while Kenny Roberts Jr. took a disappointing 14th.

"It looked like a frantic and hard race for all the top guys at the USGP. Starting from the second row, John stuck his Red Bull Suzuki right into the thick of the action in the early laps and hung in with the front running group. He got involved in a race-long battle with the Hondas of Bayliss and Tamada and it's a testament to the way he is improving as a rider that he hung in there and didn't make a mistake all race."

"We are still searching for a bit more torque and more grip. Bridgestone assisted us with the right choice of race tyre which stayed consistent to the end of the race, but maybe didn't have the extra grip that John needed to stay in the mid-24s, which he was capable of doing in the shorter runs during the practice sessions. I'm sure Bridgestone will take the lessons learned from here and keep improving as we keep improving. The Suzuki GSV-R performed well here at Laguna and ran all weekend without missing a beat."

"The next race at Donington in two weeks time is another home GP for John, and I'm sure there are a lot of positives to take from this race to get a great result there. He is disappointed, but should be proud of himself today."

"Kenny will be disappointed to finish in 14th position at his home GP. He was inside the top 10 early on and I'm sure he would have liked to have put on a good show for the fans, but it was not to be. He has also gone well at Donington in the past so let's move onto there and see what we can do."

"I'd like to thank Red Bull for partnering us at the Red Bull USGP. We gave it 100%, the bike looked awesome and we'd love to get Red Bull and Suzuki together again in the future."


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