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Suzuki move forward ahead of busy race period

Suzuki move forward ahead of busy race period

A step up in performance level and results for Rizla Suzuki at Le Mans last weekend means the team are looking forward to the forthcoming series of races with renewed enthusiasm.

Although Loris Capirossi was not delighted with seventh place at the Alice Grand Prix de France it was his second best finish of the year so far, while his team-mate Chris Vermeulen´s best 2008 result to date in fifth was the perfect way to bounce back from his DNF at China in round four.

The French results gave the Suzuki team their best weekend points haul of the current campaign with both their riders now looking to seriously push for the podium as their Bridgestone-GSV-R package continues to evolve in terms of competitiveness.

`We finished fifth and seventh and I guess that was better than the eighth and eleventh where we qualified,´ Rizla Suzuki´s MotoGP manager Paul Denning told `We are kind of, not happy with the results, but encouraged by the step up in performance compared with China.´

`I think the potential for Chris, if the race had stayed dry the whole way, was maybe not a better position, but to be a lot closer to Colin (Edwards) and Dani (Pedrosa) near the end, because he was only one second away after ten or twelve laps and pushing really hard,´ continued the Englishman.

`But when the rain came he nearly crashed with the front tyre, ran off the track, lost a lot of time and after that he had to rebuild his confidence step by step. It could have been better, it could have been worse,´ added Denning philosophically.

On the return to Italian soil for Capirossi at round six, Denning noted, `We go to Mugello, Loris´ home track, and he will be really excited to be there. I think the nature of the bike should be not two bad there, so let´s see.´

The Suzuki team stayed on for an important post-GP test session in France on Monday, with Vermeulen revealing what had been on the agenda, saying, `We had a few parts for the bikes, just small things we got from the factory in Japan, but the main priority was tyre testing ahead of the forthcoming races. Obviously it is all pretty close together now. Mugello, Barcelona, Donington and Assen are not far away and it is important to get the tyres right for the next races.´

When asked if he was targeting a specific venue for a special result in the coming weeks, Vermeulen replied, `A lot of the tracks coming up will be good for us but the ones I am really looking forward to are Sachsenring and Laguna Seca, I have been quick at both of them since I joined MotoGP and I really want to win one soon in the dry!´

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

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