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Suzuki look for testing improvements after hard race

Suzuki look for testing improvements after hard race

Finishing tenth and fifteenth at Phillip Island, Rizla Suzuki will be testing tomorrow to look for improvement.

Rizla Suzuki will be back on track at Phillip Island on Monday, following a disappointing Sunday race Down Under. Loris Capirossi was the team´s highest finisher in tenth, whilst home rider Chris Vermeulen was involved in an early melee and could only bring his GSV-R home fifteenth.

Loris Capirossi - Tenth

`It has been a really hard day for us because we really struggle with the bike here at Phillip Island. Overall, set-up and the tyres were working well right up to the last part of the race, but I had to push really hard to keep up with the other guys, and also as you could see our bike wasn´t really fast enough on the straight. We have to continue to work hard and keep developing the bike, we still have two races left and we have to do our best in them. Everybody is 100% committed to Suzuki and we know we have a long winter of testing to get the best from the bike that we can for next year. Everybody knows we are a still a bit behind and we have to work as hard as we can to improve our whole package.´

Chris Vermeulen - Fifteenth

`I made a good start from a not so good grid position and had a strong first couple of turns. Then I got pushed wide by the domino effect of the crash, and although I thought I could still make it, there was nowhere to go and I had to run off. I lost a lot of time and just put my head down to try and catch the other riders and get into the points. The bike worked quite well, but it is a lot down on horsepower here and it was really difficult to be competitive with the Ducati that I caught up with – it just purely had a speed advantage and I couldn´t get past and away from it. In the last five laps tyre wear was an issue and that made it even more difficult out there. I think if we´d have stayed on the track in the first lap we'd have been a lot closer to the front, but it would have still been difficult to race with our power disadvantage. We've got a test here tomorrow and let's hope we've got some good things to try!´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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