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Suzuki duo ready to roll in Qatar

Suzuki duo ready to roll in Qatar

Rizla Suzuki will realign their 2007 rider duo of John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen for the first race of the season in Qatar, where they will be hoping to maintain the strong form shown in preseason.

Rizla Suzuki will realign their 2007 rider duo of John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen for the first race of the season in Qatar, where they will be hoping to maintain the strong form shown in preseason. Hopkins is recovering from injuries suffered at the very same Losail International Circuit at his final preseason test, and skipped the MotoGP Oficial Test at Jerez to be in top condition for the season's curtain-raiser. Whilst his team-mate has been undergoing intensive physiotherapy, Vermeulen has been taking a short break and preparing for what could be a very special year for Suzuki.

Whilst there are high hopes for the GSV-R800, Qatar is not a favoured venue for Paul Denning's team. After going through a number of engines at last year's race during practice, neither Hopkins nor Vermeulen completed the Grand Prix. However, the Australian remains optimistic about the team's potential.

"Qatar is an unusual circuit and one that we have struggled at a bit before, but I am sure with the new bike and the latest tyres we will make some sort of impact this year," commented Vermeulen. "I have raced here in MotoGP and Superbikes so it is a track that I know quite well. It is going to be tough out there because of the heat, wind and dust but it's also a track that gives good, fast racing and I hope that we can push the Suzukis right up there to the front."

Hopkins is looking forward to his comeback, and paid tribute to his team-mate´s work in his absence.

"I am slowly getting back to fitness and I'm ready to get to work in Qatar. I was gutted to miss the final test as we still had a bit of work to do and I really wanted to go for the car, but it was the best thing to do as I need to be ready for this weekend. Chris worked hard in Jerez and we learnt some stuff about tyres so we have an idea of what to use here in Qatar. I am more excited for this first race than I have ever been in my career and I need to get out there and start showing what the Suzuki and I can do!"

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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