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Capirossi on podium pace on first day

Capirossi on podium pace on first day

Rizla Suzuki´s Loris Capirossi was the second quickest rider during Friday´s free practice sessions at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Loris Capirossi led the way for a large part of the afternoon session as he made long runs on his Suzuki GSV-R to test the durability of his Bridgestone race tyres on Friday at Catalunya. He was the busiest rider on track completing 53 laps around the 4.7km circuit as he worked hard with his crew to find the most consistent set-up for his machine for Sunday´s 25-lap race. Capirossi´s best time of 1´43.023 was only bettered by 0.006 seconds by local star Dani Pedrosa, towards the end of the session.

Chris Vermeulen was equally as active as Capirossi, as he too completed 53-laps of the Catalonian circuit. Vermeulen was pleased with the performance of his tyres and certainly has a good base setting to work from tomorrow.

Loris Capirossi - second

`It has not been too bad today; we are quite pleased with how things have gone. When the tyre is new we can set some good times but as it drops off we struggle a bit. We have a good idea for tomorrow though and we will try to modify the chassis to stop this happening so much. We used a different setting here today from what we had in Mugello because always we try to do something to make the bike better. We know that our rhythm when the bike is good is very good, but we have to make the bike go as well at the end of a race distance as it does at the start so we can be more competitive.´

Chris Vermeulen - sixth

`This is a circuit I quite enjoy and Suzuki has gone quite well here in the past, and we were able to continue that today. Last night we had a lot of rain so the track started out a bit slippery, but the team did a great job and the bike worked well right away. We seemed to get the tyres working well and I concentrated on testing a few of the harder Bridgestone compounds this afternoon to see how they work in the heat – and they did a good job. We still have a few steps to take tomorrow, we need to find an extra quarter-of-a-second a lap to be with the front guys, so hopefully we can find that tomorrow and be right up there.´

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MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Loris Capirossi, Chris Vermeulen, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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