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Third successive podium pleases Suzuki team

Third successive podium pleases Suzuki team

After Chris Vermeulen´s heroics at Sachsenring and Laguna Seca it was Loris Capirossi who represented Rizla Suzuki on the rostrum at Brno on Sunday.

Rizla Suzuki´s recent upturn in form continued at the Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceske republiky, with experienced Italian Loris Capirossi bouncing back from a series of injuries to record his first podium finish with the team.

The former Ducati star has had a problematic campaign thus far in 2008 but his persistence and dedication paid off in style at Brno as he crossed the line behind race-winner Valentino Rossi and Toni Elias to secure the final rostrum slot.

`I am really happy about today because the whole team has been working really hard,´ Capirossi stated. `After Barcelona my condition has never been good, but after the break I am back at 100% and for sure this third position for me is like a win so I am really happy!´

Capirossi´s team-mate Chris Vermeulen, meanwhile, had looked strong in the early running as he got away well from fourth on the grid, before a tyre issue slowed him slightly and he settled for a solid sixth place in front of the giant 145,000 plus Czech crowd.

`It was difficult for us to get our set-up right this weekend and we struggled with front tyre durability today,´ said the Australian rider. `But we have proved we have got speed in the bike, I had two podiums in the last two races and Loris was up there again today, so we just need a bit more durability and consistency so that we can fight even higher up.´

Suzuki Team Manager Paul Denning was understandably pleased immediately after the race, saying, `Particularly for Loris to come back to the podium after the hardship and the pain of recent Grands Prix is great. He has really tried hard to be at those races and put himself through a lot, for not much reward. But to come back almost fully fit now and finish on the podium is just fantastic.´

Nonetheless, Denning added a dose of realism having noted Rossi´s winning margin of more than 15 seconds over Elias and 21 seconds ahead of Capirossi.

The Englishman explained, `The key point for us is that we are really happy to have had three podiums consecutively, both riders are pushing to the maximum and we move to fourth in the teams´ championship, so everything is positive. However, the gap to the winning pace is very big and it is not just about rider ability. We have to make some big steps with our bike to allow our riders to push on to that level also.´

MotoGP, 2008, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Loris Capirossi, Chris Vermeulen, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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