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Wet conditions in Jerez hinder Vermeulen progress

Wet conditions in Jerez hinder Vermeulen progress

Although an expert at wet weather riding, Chris Vermeulen would certainly have preferred more dry track time at the Circuito de Jerez to improve his times at the Spanish track.

Although an expert at wet weather riding, Chris Vermeulen would certainly have preferred more dry track time at the Circuito de Jerez to improve his times at the Spanish track. The Rizla Suzuki rider was unable to break into the top ten at a bogey track for the team, one at which they had not run the 2008 GSV-R before.

At the time of MotoGPs previous visit to Jerez in late November, Vermeulen and team-mate Loris Capirossi were occupying themselves with a private test at the Australians home circuit of Phillip Island. Both had to learn the nuances of the Spanish circuit with an updated machine, meaning that the Sunday downpour in particular posed problems for the working schedule.

The weather was really up and down, noted Vermeulen after the conclusion of on-track activity. The first day was pretty much a great day, the second it poured with rain and the third was a mix of both.

We made some progress with the bike to solve some of the problems we have had here this weekend and we now have a direction to go in. We tested some tyres for Bridgestone and I finally got the chance to test some qualifiers; they seemed to work quite well and suit our bike and although I only used two qualifying tyres I am happy with the lap-time that I did.

Team Manager Paul Denning gave a less favourable review of the MotoGP Official Test, with a view to improvement at the final preseason event.

There is no getting away from the fact that we arent where we hoped to be at the end of this test and we will be looking to put this behind us and make big steps in Qatar next week.

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MotoGP, 2008, Chris Vermeulen, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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