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Suzuki enjoy early success with 2008 changes

Suzuki enjoy early success with 2008 changes

Electing against using a test rider for the first test of the year in Sepang, Rizla Suzuki put regular riders Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi in charge of developing the GSV-R with a host of novelties for the duo to examine.

Electing against using a test rider for the first test of the year in Sepang, Rizla Suzuki put regular riders Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi in charge of developing the GSV-R with a host of novelties for the duo to examine.

A new engine was the main change for the Australian and the Italian to experience, with further testing work focused on aerodynamics, electronic control strategies and a vast array of Bridgestone constructions and compounds. Besides acclimatising themselves with said new additions, both riders were able to better their times from November's visit to Malaysia and finished third and fourth fastest respectively.

"After the last test I finally had a chance to really do nothing for about a month. Then after Christmas I resumed my training to be able to start back in the best way possible. I think that Suzuki have done a great job over the past six weeks; I've tried a lot of new things and there's a lot more left for me to try," said Capirossi, who still has a new chassis, swing-arm specification and tyre work to undertake as part of an extensive test schedule.

"For sure the bike has improved since last year. Everybody believes in our potential and we have to keep going at the same rate," says the veteran Italian, sporting Suzuki blue for the first time.

Vermeulen also had a noticeably different appearance onboard the GSV-R, with a white ‘crossed seven' finally in place on his 2008 machine as he switches from number 71. The Australian has been enjoying plenty of two-wheel action over the off-season, although somewhat different to that of his day job.

"It was good to finally get back out on the bike, but I did feel a bit rusty this morning! It's been nearly seven weeks off and when I first went out it was quite exciting for the first couple of laps because my GSV-R is a bit quicker than my Suzuki RM250 back at home!" the keen motorcross hobbyist noted.

"Suzuki has done a great job in the off-season and we had a lot of new parts to test on the bike. We tested almost everything and found lots of positives and found new direction in which we could go, which makes it even better.

"We did a lot of tyre testing for Bridgestone and they have also done a good job since we last rode the bike, so everything at the moment seems to be going well. It's only the first day, but hopefully tomorrow we can improve on today and take more steps forward."

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MotoGP, 2008, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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