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Vermeulen powers to second successive podium

Vermeulen powers to second successive podium

Rizla Suzuki´s Chris Vermeulen scored his second podium finish in a week as he rode to a fantastic third in California.

All the reactions from an extended Rizla Suzuki camp at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, where Chris Vermeulen was on the podium, Ben Spies made a solid top ten contribution as a wildcard and Loris Capirossi finished the race despite struggling with his arm injury.

Chris Vermeulen - Third

`I´m really happy to be back on the podium again. That´s two podiums in a row, not just in two races but two in a row at Laguna as well! The last two have come in completely different conditions and I think it proves that the Suzuki is becoming a lot more competitive and the changes we are making are getting us a lot closer to the front. I was hoping to run with the front two today but I got held up a bit at the start and lost some time. After I had got through they were a long way ahead and I ended up having quite a lonely ride – it was tough to keep my concentration at times as there was nothing to focus on other than count down the laps.´

Ben Spies – Eighth

`It was good out there today and I´ve got to be pleased with the result. I couldn´t get going right off the bat as I haven´t quite got used to the tyres yet. I started to reel a few riders in and I could see (Shinya) Nakano and (James) Toseland coming back to me. I got past them and on the last couple of laps I could see (Nicky) Hayden and (Andrea) Dovizioso up there but they were a bit too far away. Everything was getting better and better and then (Toni) Elias came past me and I thought I had one more lap, but the chequered flag was out and that was the end of the race. It was a good race and I will now be even more prepared for when we get to Indianapolis later in the year.´

Loris Capirossi – Fifteenth

`It was a really hard day today. We had a good setting and although I didn´t start so well I managed to make up a few positions early on, but after a couple of laps I started to have a lot of pain and struggled to change direction - and this is a track that demands a lot of that. I just tried as hard as I could to keep going to the finish. It´s not good to end with one point but I always try to fight for the best I can and for the team – this is the most important thing I can do. I know one point is nothing but I did fight till the end! I hope now to get three weeks of good rest and get my condition 100% right for Brno, because today it was impossible to ride fast.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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