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Suzuki duo happy after intense test

Suzuki duo happy after intense test

Suzuki duo happy after intense test

Team Suzuki MotoGP put the GSV-R through a series of demanding tests in the hot and humid conditions at Sepang as John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen joined the other factory riders earlier this week, and both riders expressed their satisfaction at the three-day test.

Hopkins tried the prototype version of Suzuki's 2006 MotoGP contender and also undertook a major evaluation of Bridgestone's latest tyre developments as well as a completely new Ohlins suspension system. The Anglo-American star revelled in his new role of lead rider, charged with determining the team's direction for 2006 and managed to complete over 150 laps, recording a fastest time of 2'03.0.

"Everything went pretty well really, we got through a lot of stuff – probably the most I have ever got through in a test with Suzuki," reckoned Hopkins. "The initial feeling towards the new bike was somewhat different but we did some laps on it and got a better feeling quite quickly. The lap-times dropped fairly well and we got the times back to what the old bike was doing."

"We also got through a lot of tyre testing throughout the week and it looks like Bridgestone have got some good plans for next year. We are now looking forward to the new motor coming in January and if it as good as the factory hopes it is then we can expect good things from me and Suzuki in 2006."

Hopper's new team-mate Chris Vermeulen used the test to familiarise himself the Malaysian track, getting more than 170 laps under his belt. His times dropped steadily over the course of the three days as he continued his adaptation to the MotoGP machine.

"I am really happy with the test. I spent the first day learning the track and getting to know the bike as it was my first real test on the GSV-R and the Bridgestone tyres," said the Australian. "I tried out a lot of different things, especially on the second day where I spent most of the time making long tyre runs for Bridgestone – which in these conditions was very tiring."

"I had hoped to go a bit quicker on the last day but the track was a bit greasy so that wasn't possible. John's comments on the new bike seem very promising and we should have the new engine and chassis together in a package for the next test so I'm really looking forward to that."

MotoGP, 2005

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