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Suzuki advantage only extends to car park at Misano

Suzuki advantage only extends to car park at Misano

Rizla Suzukis pairing of Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins are in fine form ahead of this weekends race at Misano, joint fourth in the World Championship after their superb performances at Brno.

Rizla Suzukis pairing of Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins are in fine form ahead of this weekends race at Misano, joint fourth in the World Championship after their superb performances at Brno.

Whilst Vermeulen has previously visited Misano when riding Superbike and Supersport machines, the intricacies of the circuit will be just as new to him as to any other rider with the new clockwise riding direction of this years race.

I am one of the few riders that have been to Misano before, but with the track changing direction the only advantage that will give me is that I will know where to park my motorhome! jokes Vermeulen. We are going to Italy a bit blind as we dont know what the surface will be like, so tyre choice is going to be very important on Thursday. I really enjoyed racing at Misano, I got a couple of second places there in 2005 and I will certainly be looking to repeat that feat - if not better it!

The Australians team-mate John Hopkins came back strong from his Laguna Seca disappointment to earn his best ever finish in the Czech Republic. Formerly one of the Anglo-Americans less-successful circuits, the improvements to the Suzuki GSV-R and Hopkins own ability shone through, something that stands him in good stead for the unknown challenge of Misano.

After my podium last time out I want more of those and especially to step up to the top, explains an ambitious Hopkins. I wanted a top five finish in the championship when the season started and Ill be doing all I can to make that happen, theres no reason why it cant even be a top three. This weekend could be all about tyres, we just dont know whats going to happen. They could work perfectly out of the box or the surface could just eat them up! One thing I do know is that we are all starting equal as nobody has raced this track on a MotoGP bike before and my crew will be working all-out to give me the best bike possible straight from the start. I am able to learn tracks quite quickly and if Stuart and the boys can give me the machine to do it on and the Bridgestones work as well as they have done all year then who knows what might happen!

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MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI

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