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Denning hoping for Suzuki to reach higher performance level

Denning hoping for Suzuki to reach higher performance level

With the Rizla Suzuki team presenting their 2008 MotoGP project this weekend at Jerez their Team Manager Paul Denning spoke to motogp.com on his hopes for the coming season.

With the Rizla Suzuki team presenting their 2008 MotoGP project this weekend at Jerez their Team Manager Paul Denning spoke to motogp.com on his hopes for the coming season.

Last year saw Chris Vermeulen score his first race win at Le Mans, while the team scored regular podiums with the now departed John Hopkins finishing fourth in the World Championship overall.

Hopkins has of course been replaced by the experienced Loris Capirossi and Denning wants the team to step performance up another level this year.

The Englishman stated: "Well we have made some big steps in 2007 in terms of Suzuki's competitiveness and that showed with eight podiums and a race win. It's still not enough to challenge for the World Championship which is the goal of the manufacturers."

"Over the last season and this winter Suzuki made some real progress. We now have a machine with more potential and two very, very motivated riders who are ready to win."

On the recruitment of one of MotoGP's most popular and experienced figures Denning added: "We wanted Loris for two reasons. One, to compete to try and win races and two, to help take the next step with the bike. Already the information has been really useful in understanding where we need to be and it's helped Chris with his confidence in his own technical comments."

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MotoGP, 2008

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