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Bad luck and inexperience leave Suzuki disappointed

Bad luck and inexperience leave Suzuki disappointed

Bad luck and inexperience leave Suzuki disappointed

After an encouraging final preseason spell with notable improvements, the Rizla Suzuki team finished the weekend somewhat far off their raised expectations.

John Hopkins was having arm problems, which caused him obvious difficulties and left him languishing in ninth at a circuit where he had tested well.

"I can't say that I'm happy with the race," said Hopkins. "I had an incredible start put then I got caught up in the first corner melee, which lost me a lot of places and mean't I had to ride like a maniac to make up ground. I was closing in on the top six when my right arm started to bother me, something I'd never experienced before in MotoGP and a mystery to me why it happened. That ruined my race, as I was confident that I could have got past the two riders in front of me."

For Chris Vermeulen the race was his official MotoGP debut in the saddle of the GSV-R. The Australian identified a few things which need to be corrected to show his true potential in the class.

"I started badly and then I was taken by surprise by the crash. I had to really push hard to improve my position. Maybe the race was the fault of inexperience and we need more time, both for my adaptation to the race tyres and the fine tuning," said the young Australian.

"Thanks to the 12th place I have some points, so it's not all bad, and as long as we continue getting better I will be happy."

Team Manager Paul Denning also reflected on Sunday's race with an air of disenchantment, but could see the positive side of the team's progress.

"I thought before the race that if we had a bike in the top ten and another in the points then it would have been a good result, but in reality we're not completely satisfied. We can take a number of positives from it, and we have improved in relation to a year ago for sure. Suzuki are doing their utmost to improve the GSV-R and continue going forward"


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