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Capirossi pleased with fifth fastest Friday time

Capirossi pleased with fifth fastest Friday time

After his Indianapolis disappointment Rizla Suzuki´s Loris Capirossi was smiling again having placed himself fifth on the Friday free practice timesheets at Motegi.

The winner of the last three MotoGP races at Motegi, Loris Capirossi was on good form again as the 2008 edition of the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan got underway - with the Italian lapping fifth fastest in practice on Friday.

Capirossi´s teammate Chris Vermeulen has more work to do to find a good race set-up on Saturday, having lapped down in sixteenth place, whilst Suzuki wildcard Kousuke Akiyoshi, making his first appearance of the season, unsurprisingly went round slowest as he gathered data to assist in the development of the 2009 GSV-R.

Loris Capirossi - fifteenth

`It has not been too bad at the end of the day because we did struggle a bit this morning in the rain to begin with, but at the end of the session we found a good solution that we were happy with. This afternoon we had the first opportunity to ride with slick tyres and even though the condition of the track is not 100% we managed to get in a whole hour in the dry and we tried many things on the bike. We made small steps every time we went out and although we are not so far from the front on positions we are quite far away on time, so we must keep working hard and try 100% to go better here. This is an important race for me because it is a special race for Suzuki and I love the track and have won the last three times here. I think maybe it will be difficult to win here again - but why not?´

Chris Vermeulen - sixteenth

`In the wet this morning we struggled quite a lot to get rear grip with the bike and the guys worked really hard between the sessions to improve things, but by this afternoon it had dried out enough to use slick tyres and we had a similar problem with the bike in the fact that the set-up wasn´t exactly right. We´ve got some ideas and some important data from today so I am sure that we can come back much stronger tomorrow and be pushing a lot further forward.´

Kousuke Akiyoshi - nineteenth

`I have had a few problems with the bike today and I had a crash as well which didn´t help with getting the bike set-up right. We can´t quite get the grip from the bike that we want and we still have a lot of things to sort out with engine braking and mapping as it is very inconsistent, but I know the crew will sort it out for tomorrow and we will make big steps!´

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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