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Suzuki looking to shine on home soil

Suzuki looking to shine on home soil

Suzuki looking to shine on home soil

The Grand Prix of Japan will be a special event for Team Suzuki MotoGP. Apart from being the Hamamatsu-based manufacturer's home race, this week's event will mark Kenny Roberts' 100th GP appearance in Suzuki colours. The former World Champion, and his team-mate John Hopkins who recently signed a new two-year deal with the team, will both be determined to get further than the first corner this year after being involved in a first-corner pile-up in 2004.

"We go to Japan after a frustrating race, but some successful tests in Brno, where we ran a completely new set-up for the GSV-R on the Monday which worked very well, particularly over race distance," explained team manager Paul Denning. "The latest generation Bridgestone race tyres also worked well, and we were able to sustain a better pace from lap 10 onwards. The bike and tyres seem to suit Motegi quite well, and both Kenny and John have run very well there in the past. They both need a positive change in their Motegi luck though!"

"This is a very busy time of the year for the team, with five ‘fly-away' races over six weekends. The race in Japan is again another ‘home' race for Team Suzuki MotoGP and Kenny, John and all the crew will be pulling out all the stops to give a professional and positive performance. There will be a lot of fans, guests and employees of Suzuki at Motegi and we'll be looking to send them home happy."

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MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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