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Successful Suzuki hoping to be lords of ‘The ‘Ring'

Successful Suzuki hoping to be lords of ‘The ‘Ring'

One of the form teams of the first half of the 2007 season, Rizla Suzuki have recently been enjoying the fruits of their labour with the 800cc GSV-R.

One of the form teams of the first half of the 2007 season, Rizla Suzuki have recently been enjoying the fruits of their labour with the 800cc GSV-R. John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen have almost doubled their points tally from last year already, and have enjoyed one win, a further podium and five additional top five finishes from just the opening nine races.

Riding at Sachsenring for their latest challenge, the fourth and fifth placed riders in the championship respectively cannot help but be positive ahead of their visit to Germany.

"It's been a tough summer up to now, but one that has produced some good results for me and the team," commented Hopkins. "Sachsenring is a difficult circuit and one that I still have a bit of trouble coming to terms with. We had some grip issues last year but with the way the Bridgestone tyres are working I don't think that will be a problem this year. I am sure that I can keep my strong run going and finally get a good result in Germany. The new bike should go well there and I think we can be looking for another top-five finish – at the very least!"

Hopkins' Australian team-mate Vermeulen added: "I had a pretty strong race at Sachsenring last year, even though I found it a difficult track to learn. That was the first time I had ever been there and got a seventh place finish. I really want a dry weekend as we have a lot to do with the bike and it is always better to race in dry and warm conditions than in the wet. I am still a bit annoyed about what happened in the race last week, but there is nothing I can do about that now, I just hope that somebody else doesn't want to crash into me this week because three times this season already is more than enough!"

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND

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