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Suzuki relishing European test return at Jerez

Suzuki relishing European test return at Jerez

The only factory on the MotoGP grid not to be represented in any form at last week's Sepang test, Suzuki will continue their maverick approach to the preseason with a first European visit at the Official Test in Jerez.

The only factory on the MotoGP grid not to be represented in any form at last week's Sepang test, Suzuki will continue their maverick approach to the preseason with a first European visit at the Official Test in Jerez.

Whilst Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki sent at the very least a test rider to Malaysia for the most recent three day stint, the Rizla Suzuki outfit was last in action at the previous test in Phillip Island. It was precisely at the Australian track that Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi concluded their activities for 2007, electing against a first visit to Jerez with the new GSV-R in favour of a more private affair.

"I can't wait to get to Jerez and get on the bike. I just want to be riding again and the sooner the better! It will be great to get back to testing as we need to get as many miles in as possible before the season starts," says Vermeulen, preparing for his third season in MotoGP.

"This test will also be good because we have a bit of competition with all the other bikes and riders on Sunday so we will be able to get an idea of where we are at the moment. I know we have a lot of work still to do, but I am more than ready for it!"

Experienced new team-mate Loris Capirossi is also relishing the challenge of a first and final European test in preparation for the 2008 season. In addition, the Italian also has a pedigree in the prestigious BMW M Award competition as a previous winner, and will be looking to top the timesheets for the first time with a Suzuki this weekend.

"I am really looking forward to this weekend. It is officially my first time in Europe as a Suzuki rider and I am really excited about everything," notes Capirossi.

"The bike is coming along good and we have lots of things to do at Jerez and then Qatar before we go into the first race. We don't get any points from events like this but for sure it is good to be in action and to take on the other guys on Sunday to see how we are progressing."

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MotoGP, 2008

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