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A weekend to forget for Team Suzuki

A weekend to forget for Team Suzuki

A weekend to forget for Team Suzuki

Suzuki's John Hopkins endured one of his worst Grand Prix of the season last weekend in Turkey. The Anglo-American was suffering from a heavy cold and struggled with the performance of his GSV-R all weekend - shown by the fact that he was barely able to improve his lap times from the very first practice session to Sunday's race.

Hopkins was clearly unhappy after finishing a lowly 15th in Istanbul. "Basically I'm in no way satisfied with myself," he stated. "We need to finish much higher than that! I put a lot of the blame on my riding, I have been ill for the weekend and could have been better. On top of that I had a tyre problem from half-way through the race, whether that was down to the lack of information we had or the tyre, we don't know. The only thing we want to remember from this weekend is the way the track goes so we can be better when we come here next year."

Team manager Paul Denning was equally disappointed, adding: "The combination of bike, tyre and rider performance this weekend has been our worst in the 2005 Grand Prix season. Our final setting on race day in terms of tyre choice and overall bike package was nowhere near as good as it could have been. This was largely caused by John's illness over the weekend and the lack of pace and accurate feedback that resulted from that."

Suzuki will be back as a two-man team for the last round of the season at Valencia next week with Nobu Aoki standing in for the injured Kenny Roberts Jr.


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