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Consistency and familiarity for Rizla Suzuki riders

Consistency and familiarity for Rizla Suzuki riders

Consistency and familiarity for Rizla Suzuki riders

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racers John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen will be aiming to end the season on a high at the final round of 2006 at Valencia in Spain.

Hopkins will be looking to add to his current points tally with a high scoring finish. The Anglo-American star is currently the most consistent points scorer in the MotoGP Championship, having scored points in the last 14 consecutive races. He is still searching for that elusive first podium finish and will be going all out to get that on race-day.

"Valencia is the race everyone wants to go to. It's the grand finale of the season and people from all walks of life will be there for the last race of the year," said Hopkins. "It's the only track that is held in a stadium environment and that gives it an even more special feeling. The Spanish fans there are great – if not a bit crazy - and I'd certainly love to be the one lighting the fireworks at the end."

Vermeulen will be visiting a circuit that he knows well from WSB racing and MotoGP testing, and will be hoping to secure the points he needs to make him only the second Suzuki rider in history to score over 100 points in a season on a 990cc MotoGP bike – a feat first achieved by Hopkins earlier this year.

"A race track I know well, we have been here racing and testing a lot in Superbike and it was also the first place I tested for Suzuki. My favourite turn is the long left hander leading into the last turn, sometimes the bike slides here a lot and feels like my old dirt tracking days. I want to finish the season on a real high and will be going all out to achieve that. Also being another race in Spain, where the crowds are just amazing, will certainly add to the drama that I am sure will unfold."


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