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Suzuki celebrate double podium

Suzuki celebrate double podium

The superb performances of Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins at Misano, as the Rizla Suzuki pair raced to second and third places respectively, gave their team a first double podium since 2001.

The superb performances of Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins at Misano, as the Rizla Suzuki pair raced to second and third places respectively, gave their team a first double podium since 2001.

It was another excellent weekend's work in the Suzuki pit-box at the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini with the results again highlighting the level of performance they are currently able to produce and once more demonstrating the strength of their collaboration with Bridgestone tyres.

Stepping onto the second step of the podium for the second time in three races with an impressive run from the middle of the third row Vermeulen got a great start and was in fourth place by the first corner. He moved through the pack in determined fashion and although he was unable to catch red-hot race winner and compatriot Casey Stoner, he made good ground on Dani Pedrosa in the general standings with twenty points as the Spaniard crashed out and has every chance of climbing to third place with five races to go.

Hopkins, meanwhile, got an equally got start and moved into second place, only to be edged out by his team-mate as the race progressed. The Anglo-American now boasts three podium finishes in the current season, having started the year without a single one to his name.

After their latest success on Italy's Adriatic Suzuki Team Manager Paul Denning commented: "Today represents another landmark in Suzuki's return to competitiveness in MotoGP. It's the first time since 2001 that two Suzukis have been on the podium and the first time ever since the introduction of the four-stroke regulations. It's a reflection on the hard work put in by Suzuki, the crew, the riders, Bridgestone and all our technical partners."

"Rizla Suzuki MotoGP is now only two points behind Fiat Yamaha in the Team Championship, and with the performances shown recently by both of the riders we could possibly take second place over the coming races. It also gives us great confidence as we look to build on these results into 2008. I want to say well done to everybody involved."

"Rizla Suzuki would also like to congratulate Casey Stoner on another unbelievable performance today. There has been a lot of nonsense spoken in MotoGP this year regarding tyre regulations, engine performance, etc. etc. I believe that the difference at the moment is Casey and we're focusing our best efforts to improve our own performance to beat him and thats what everybody should be doing at this time!"

Rizla Suzuki remain in Misano for a full day of testing on Monday before heading on to the next round of the World Championship, to be held at Estoril in Portugal on Sunday 16th September.

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

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