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Capirossi undertakes first Rizla Suzuki wet run

Capirossi undertakes first Rizla Suzuki wet run

One of several riders to get a first sample of wet riding with their new teams and on relatively unfamiliar machinery due to the rain on the second day of testing at Phillip Island in Australia, Loris Capirossi used the opportunity to gain valuable further experience on the Suzuki GSV-R on a slippery surface.

One of several riders to get a first sample of wet riding with their new teams and on relatively unfamiliar machinery due to the rain on the second day of testing at Phillip Island in Australia, Loris Capirossi used the opportunity to gain valuable further experience on the Suzuki GSV-R on a slippery surface.

However, it was later in the day on a drying track - with qualifying tyres - that Capirossi suffered a slight crash, which will keep him on his toes during Fridays final test outings of the week Down Under.

Preparing for his 19th season in the World Championship as diligently as ever, Capirossi was willing to put in the laps in all conditions on Thursday and the Italian clocked a fastest time of 131.545 to give him eighth place on the timesheet as proceedings concluded for the evening.

Commenting from the Phillip Island paddock Capirossi said: I was able to ride the bike in the wet today for the first time and for me the feeling was good right away. We changed some settings and made some more adjustments and by the time the track started to dry we think we have a good set-up for the rain.

As it dried in the afternoon we were able to test a couple of bits and we went well on the race tyres, even though the track was not in the best condition because of the weather earlier. I put on a qualifier at the end of the day, but unfortunately I crashed. I am ok and will be able to continue with the test tomorrow.

It was perhaps a surprise that Capirossis team-mate Chris Vermeulen was restricted to just 50 laps in total given his liking for the wet, although the Australian did state that he felt instantly comfortable in the rain at his home circuit.

Like Capirossi, Vermeulen gathered crucial data for Bridgestone with some tyre testing and registered a best lap of 131.774 for 11th position on the timesheet, before stating: It has been a positive day today - although my position is not where I would want to be - we got through a lot of work and have a definite direction we want to go in.

We had a good run in the rain this morning and know where we need to be in the wet. When it dried out we did some tyre testing and continued to get the best set-up we can for here, and we are now closer to getting there than we have been before, we have made some big steps forward! We still have some way to go to get the bike to be as competitive as we want it for this track, but what the guys have produced over the last couple of days has really made that target closer.

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

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