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Suzuki trio experience mixed fortunes at Motegi

Suzuki trio experience mixed fortunes at Motegi

Rizla Suzukis three man attack ran the full gamut of results at Motegi today, leaving a lot of work for Chris Vermeulens and his mechanics and reason for confidence for John Hopkins and Kousuke Akiyoshi.

Rizla Suzukis three man attack ran the full gamut of results at Motegi today, leaving a lot of work for Chris Vermeulens and his mechanics and reason for confidence for John Hopkins and Kousuke Akiyoshi.

Hopkins was fourth quickest today onboard the GSV-R, happy with the work undertaken today as he chases another podium and third place in the World Championship. The Anglo-American led both the morning and afternoon sessions at various points.

The day went pretty good straight away as the Bridgestone tyres worked really well and so did the Suzuki, explained Hopkins, who took his first podium at MotoGPs most recent visit to the Far East at Shanghai.

Weve had a play around with a couple of things including the suspension, but we havent had to do a whole lot of set up because it all seemed to work well right out of the box. Well try a couple of things tomorrow and test the durability of one of the best tyres from today, but all-in-all were in pretty good shape and everything seems to be going well.

Familiar with both the bike and the Motegi circuit due to his role as a test rider, Kousuke Akiyoshi was the second fastest Suzuki rider of the day in sixth after a great first day. Little is expected of the Japanese rider on his wild card appearance, but he appears to be thriving on the lack of pressure and enjoying the chance to put his testing knowledge into a race scenario.

I am very pleased with my position and maybe quite surprised, explained Akiyoshi. It is good to be able to race the GSV-R after so much testing this year. I think I can go a bit quicker now and will be trying to get a good grid position tomorrow to help me for the race.

A tremendous performance by Akiyoshi! eulogised Team Manager Paul Denning. He and Nobuatsu Aoki have been responsible for some of the big improvements to the GSV-R this year and its good to see him wringing the bikes neck rather than having to worry about the details of testing and I am sure his is really enjoying that as well!Chris Vermeulen was far from content with his problem-filled day, finishing the second practice session low down the order. The Australian has identified qualifying as a must-improve area, so will be needing to burn the midnight oil tonight to work through the problems with his mechanics.

It has not been a great day today! explained Vermeulen. We struggled with some problems with the bike this morning which the mechanics sorted out very quickly between the sessions. This afternoon it felt like my first session really because anything I did this morning was a bit of a waste. We did get things going and made some progress in the session but I am disappointed with the lap-time. At the end I only really got one flying lap with the set-up that I liked and tomorrow we need to make a lot of progress so we can move up the order a bit.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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