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Rizla Suzuki look to continue roll

Rizla Suzuki look to continue roll

Aiming to build on their first podium of the season, Rizla Suzuki hit France this week for round five of the MotoGP World Championship.

Aiming to build on their first podium of the season, Rizla Suzuki hit France this week for round five of the MotoGP World Championship. Paul Denning's team have been on top form so far this season, with John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen consistently running on top six race pace despite results not truly illustrating the calibre of their performances.

Hopkins, who took his maiden career podium at the last race in China, led at Le Mans in 2006 before crashing out whilst in contention for a rostrum finish. The Anglo-American is out to continue his run of form, and couldn't resist a laboured pun at the expense of his new personal sponsor....

"I really like the Le Mans circuit and it suits both the Suzuki and my riding style so I am hoping that I can follow up last week's podium with another. The Bridgestone tyres are working so well this year and they should give us the grip we need to be as competitive as we have been so far this season. The result in China took a huge weight off my shoulders and I'm looking forward to France – I really like the track and I think we can have "Le Monster" race!"

For team-mate Chris Vermeulen, the season has been marked by fast race times but poor qualifying; something that the Australian will be keen to rectify at the French track. He is still smarting from a foot injury suffered in a crash with Loris Capirossi two weeks ago, but will play through the pain in search of valuable points at Le Mans.

"My toes are still a bit sore from China, but that won't hold me back. I liked Le Mans last year – even though I didn't get much dry time there. I still need to get my qualifying right so I can give myself a chance of getting on that podium. The bike and tyres have been awesome this season and I am sure that they will be a big feature this weekend. The whole team are on a high and we need to keep that up as we embark on this long run of races over the next couple of months. There are a few tracks in there that should suit the Suzuki so we are hoping for some good results."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

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