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Suzuki using Qatar test to further GSV-R development

Suzuki using Qatar test to further GSV-R development

The MotoGP Official Test in Qatar may be primarily devoted to adapting riding to night-time conditions and the sensation of competing under the illumination of floodlights, but for Rizla Suzuki the visit to the Middle East marks another important opportunity to prepare the GSV-R for the upcoming season.

The MotoGP Official Test in Qatar may be primarily devoted to adapting riding to night-time conditions and the sensation of competing under the illumination of floodlights, but for Rizla Suzuki the visit to the Middle East marks another important opportunity to prepare the GSV-R for the upcoming season.

With a setback in Jerez less than two weeks ago, owing to the untimely appearance of rain at the Spanish track and some comparatively understated placings on the timesheets for both Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi, the team are in need of a boost heading into the 2008 season.

"We still have a lot to do at this test as we are still looking for the best set-up for this year's bike. We didn't get as much dry track time as we wanted at the last test in Jerez so we need two good days at Qatar to get the best out of the bike," says Vermeulen, who is looking to speed up his fastest time at the Losail circuit after two qualifying sessions in which he has failed to breach the top ten.

"It is a very exciting thing to be riding the bike at night, but that will also present us with some extra problems that we will need to overcome as well, like where to put the lights on the bike and managing to stay awake!", jokes the Australian.

One rider who has had no such problems with the Qatar timesheets is Vermeulen's team-mate, Loris Capirossi. The Italian has twice been on the front row at the desert circuit with previous team Ducati, and also has experience of various stages of floodlight development in Losail.

"I tested in Qatar on a Suzuki GSX-R last year under the lights, and the track was very good. It was very bright and almost like day-light, I could even use a dark visor!" notes the veteran, who is the only participant in this week's test to ride in both the initial 2006 Safety Commission riders analysis run and last November's three-corner experiment.

"It is going to be a new thing for all of us and I am really looking forward to riding my GSV-R there at night. We still have many things to test and I hope we will be able to get through all the program so we are ready for the first race. It is going to be very strange riding through the night and not finishing till mid-night, it will be like doing a 24hr race!"

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MotoGP, 2008, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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