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Three-time winner Capirossi in top six at Motegi

Three-time winner Capirossi in top six at Motegi

His run of Japanese victories came to an end on Sunday, but in crossing the line in sixth place Loris Capirossi was the only Rizla Suzuki rider to finish the Motegi race.

DNFs for Chris Vermeulen and wildcard rider Kousuke Akiyoshi meant Loris Capirossi was the only Rizla Suzuki man scoring points on Sunday at the A-Style Gran Prix of Japan.

The experienced Italian could not extend his hat-trick of Motegi wins, but sixth position in the race was a decent result nonetheless.

Loris Capirossi - sixth

`All weekend has been not too bad for us – we´ve worked hard to find the best setting and to try to work in a different method. The race was a bit tough and I tried really hard at the beginning, and stayed with the front group, but in the middle of the race I made a mistake and lost contact with Nicky. I fought back to him and tried to catch him on the last lap but unfortunately I lost the rear and missed the opportunity. I think we had a bike capable of top-five today, but to be any higher than that would have been very difficult. We still need to keep working very hard and I feel quite good about the future and believe 100% in the Suzuki project. We now have to finish the best way we can this season so we are in a good position for 2009.

Chris Vermeulen - DNF

`It´s always very frustrating not to finish a race and when it is something that you have no control over that makes it even harder to take. I made quite a good start, but I had a couple of moments early on in the race as the tyres weren´t quite up to working temperature. I got involved with a group of riders and as soon as the tyres started to work well I felt like I had a good speed and rhythm. After about three or four laps I started to have a bit of an issue with braking and stopping the bike, and eventually I ran off the track. I am really disappointed about what happened as I thought I was in with a chance of at least a top-10 today, but now I can look forward to my home GP next weekend and try to make up for it there!´

Kousuke Akiyoshi - DNF

`I had tried all weekend to get a good engine management set-up and last night we made some big changes and the feeling was a lot better. Unfortunately I crashed in the warm-up and it meant I had to use my spare bike for the race and I struggled to get a good start - but I did manage to get past five or six bikes. Then in the third corner I had a big slide and crashed. I am very unhappy about this weekend and now I must concentrate on the test tomorrow and make some more improvements and help to develop the 2009 bike.´

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

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