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Denning and Vermeulen review Brno test

Denning and Vermeulen review Brno test

After a successful Grand Prix visit to the Czech Republic the Rizla Suzuki team left Brno in a positive mood following further progress in post-race testing.

On the back of a third successive podium finish for the Rizla Suzuki team, this time courtesy of Loris Capirossi at Brno, team manager Paul Denning was satisfied with the efforts of his staff on Sunday – with further improvements sought in two busy days of testing on Monday and Tuesday.

Working in conjunction with Bridgestone, Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen went in search of additional tyre durability during the tests - having suffered in that area towards the end of races on certain occasions, both this season and in 2007.

Furthermore, a new chassis was also provided by Suzuki - originally intended for the 2009 GSV-R800 – an update which immediately produced positive feedback and which could now be introduced to the team´s current machine depending on availability from the factory.

As Denning explained, `We have not been pushing so much for one-lap times. We have been looking to try and increase our front tyre durability. Bridgestone have done an amazing job with the tyres here, but at some racetracks we have had a bit of restriction towards the end of races. Our bike has been using the front tyre up more than the other manufacturers on Bridgestones. Now we have found some interesting solutions for that.´

Having seen Capirossi and Vermeulen end the test on Tuesday in third and fourth places respectively, Denning also commented, `We have also tried a new chassis which we hope will affect grip levels. This has also had good results. Really this test in Brno was not about results here, it is about trying to understand the best direction for the 2009 bike and this is the first step to get the information.´

Meanwhile, Denning was also making positive noises about retaining the services of his current charges for next season, noting, `We have always said that we are really happy with our riders and that we need to improve the level of our bike, then their level will automatically improve. We are very close to taking the right steps with both the guys, so we hope to be able to confirm that at Misano or just after.´

From Vermeulen´s perspective the test work was likewise perceived to have been well worthwhile, the Australian having dropped from second place on laps seven and eight in Sunday´s Brno race to eventually cross the line sixth.

He stated, `We have had some chassis modifications from Suzuki and Bridgestone have been working very hard. We had speed during the GP weekend but we couldn´t put it right through for 22 laps. We feel like we have made progress in the test.´

On his immediate good feeling with the updated chassis Vermeulen revealed, `I have asked to use the new chassis from Misano and although I haven´t had an answer yet on whether it will be available I hope to use it from now on.´

Concluding with comments on his championship hopes for the rest of the season, he added, `The goal is to be top five. I am in seventh place at the moment but (Jorge) Lorenzo in fourth is not that far away. If we can have some good races and finish in the top five I think we will have had a very good season with the package we have.´

MotoGP, 2008, Chris Vermeulen, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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