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Suzuki satisfied with Sepang visit

Suzuki satisfied with Sepang visit

Rizla Suzuki completed the second 2008 pre-season test at Sepang on Saturday with satisfactory results, which the team believe they can build on ahead of the new season.

Rizla Suzuki completed the second 2008 pre-season test at Sepang on Saturday with satisfactory results, which the team believe they can build on ahead of the new season.

Chris Vermeulen gave the new 2008 prototype Suzuki GSV-R a comprehensive work-out at the Malaysian circuit and was regularly amongst the fastest riders on race tyres throughout the test. A small crash at the end of the third day did not dampen his enthusiasm for the new bike, as track temperatures reached 55°C.

Loris Capirossi, in only his second outing for the Suzuki team, was onboard the 2008 bike for the first time at Sepang. He began the three-day test with a thorough appraisal of the 2007 machine to enable him to totally understand the workings of the GSV-R, before changing to next year's model on day two. The veteran Italian soon got to grips with the new bike and was consistently lapping faster than he had done on this year's machine.

At the conclusion of testing at the South East Asian circuit, Paul Denning, Rizla Suzuki team manager, remarked: "It has been a good three days for both guys. We got through an enormous amount of work and have certainly made significant advances with the 2008 prototype GSV-R."

"Chris was quick and consistent on race tyres throughout the test and he did a long run today, in very high heat and humidity, which was well inside his race pace here, so that shows the new bike is going in the right direction."

"It was good to see Loris on the '08 machine and his feedback and comments were almost identical to Chris', so the guys back at Suzuki will now have an indication on where we need to improve things."

Check out motogp.com's post-test interview with Vermeulen by following the video link on the left.

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MotoGP, 2007

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