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Suzuki's Paul Denning looks back on a difficult weekend

Suzuki's Paul Denning looks back on a difficult weekend

Suzuki's Paul Denning looks back on a difficult weekend

The Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar was another tough race for the Team Suzuki MotoGP as Kenny Roberts Jr narrowly missed out on a top-10 finish, while team-mate John Hopkins was forced to pit and change his rear tyre before completing the race.

Team Suzuki MotoGP manager Paul Denning commented: "After a difficult weekend, 11th was probably realistically the best we could have expected. Kenny gave 100 percent the whole race and after things has settled down in the first few laps he was able to run high 59's which was on a par with all the other Bridgestone runners."

"In fact, if anything our level of performance took a step forward during the second half of the race. Kenny tried to chase Loris (Capirossi) down and got within a second with a couple of laps to go, but he nearly crashed trying to close in and that was enough warning to just bring the bike home."

"John experienced a difficult situation with a lack of feel and a lack of turning on the rear tyre which we had done quite a lot of work on over the weekend, and appeared to be the right choice for the race. He came in and swapped to the same compound that Kenny was using and immediately the bike was fixed. He was able to run in the high 59's quite steadily."

"It was a shame we didn't start on that tyre or I am sure we would have had both the GSV-R's in the points. It was a very tough weekend here in Qatar for Suzuki, but if there are some positives to take away it would be the effort of both riders and the fact that neither bike missed a beat all weekend in the desert heat – the durability of the GSV-R has certainly improved."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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