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Suzuki duo prepare for Istanbul

Suzuki duo prepare for Istanbul

Rizla Suzuki riders Chris Vermeulen head to Istanbul Park after two very different races but with the same goal as always: taking the GSV-R800 amongst the podium places.

Rizla Suzuki riders Chris Vermeulen head to Istanbul Park after two very different races but with the same goal as always: taking the GSV-R800 amongst the podium places. For Australian star Vermeulen, the Grand Prix of Turkey marks the return to the scene of his first ever MotoGP pole position, taken in a washed-out Saturday session.

"I have good memories of Istanbul because that is where I got my first ever pole position. I have been a bit disappointed with the first two races as I know I can do better. The bike is improving all the time and I must improve on my qualifying. Being down on the fifth row makes the job hard work. I need to be up there with the front guys from the start and not playing catch up. So this will be a good place to start going about doing that!"

Team-mate Hopkins has refused surgery on his still-injured wrist over the three week break, and has been impressive in the last two races despite being in obvious discomfort on the warm down laps. If he continues the blistering form that he was experiencing before his crash at Jerez whilst fighting for third then that elusive rostrum place may not be too far off.

"My wrist is still painful, but there was no way I was going to have an operation! I would have been out for about six weeks and every race is so important that I can't afford to miss any. I will have my wrist taped up and once I'm out on the bike the adrenalin will kick in and it should all be ok. I think that at Jerez last time out I could have made the podium, if I hadn't have crashed, so I need to get my head down and keep aiming for that goal."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY

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