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Mixed fortunes for Rizla Suzuki trio in Friday rain

Mixed fortunes for Rizla Suzuki trio in Friday rain

There were three Suzuki bikes on track on the opening day of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi and wildcard rider Ben Spies riding through the rain.

Suzuki´s Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi and wildcard rider Ben Spies experienced mixed fortunes on a historic and rain-soaked first day of MotoGP´s inaugural visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.

Wet specialist Vermeulen ended the day in the top six, guest rider Spies used his experience from July´s tyre test to record the ninth best time of the day, while the experienced Capirossi lapped eighteenth overall.

Chris Vermeulen - sixth

`This is the first time at Indianapolis and it´s great to have bikes at a place with such a racing history, it´s just a shame the weather didn´t turn it on today and we ended up with two very wet sessions. The circuit have done a good job here and they have built a great track, although some of the new surface is different to the old one and it holds water in very different ways, so in the wet it was difficult to get the bike working with any rhythm. We did try a lot of things and the whole team did a good job in the awful conditions. Bridgestone has brought some really good wet tyres here and they worked very well. Hopefully we can improve further tomorrow on what we have done today!´

Ben Spies - ninth

`It was good today and we´re quite pleased with how it went. We finished both sessions early because it was so wet we weren´t going to make any difference. They were both good sessions for us though and although the track was a bit awkward in places - because the water was laying on the surface - and it made it difficult in parts. I know I still had a bit in reserve and if the conditions are the same tomorrow I am sure I can go a good bit quicker!´

Loris Capirossi - eighteenth

`I think this was a bit of a negative day for me today, not just my position but the fact that I never found a good setting. We tried to change things throughout the day, but the biggest problem was how bad the conditions were and we just didn´t seem to be able to make any improvements. It is easy to say this about the track, but it is the same for everybody and I just struggled out there today. Today has been the worst day of the season, but I am not going to let that bother me because we have to improve tomorrow and I know that we will!´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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