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Capirossi ends day one seventh in tropical heat

Capirossi ends day one seventh in tropical heat

The reaction of the three Rizla Suzuki riders to the first day of action at the 2008 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen were joined at on-track Sepang by Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki on Friday, with plenty of work for all three still to do ahead of qualifying at the Malaysian circuit tomorrow.

Loris Capirossi - seventh

`There were strange conditions during this afternoon´s practice because we had really slow rain, but I stayed out towards the end and tried a different engine setting and it certainly improved the bike a little bit. It is still not the best it can be, but we know we are working in the right direction. The bike seems to be working quite well and I am quite happy with the way the first day went and the modifications that Suzuki have given us for this weekend seem to be working better. We still need to work on tyre settings and getting the best grip for here but I think we can do a good job on Sunday.´

Chris Vermeulen - eleventh

`It´s good to be back at Sepang as it´s a track we know well and Suzuki has supplied us with some new parts that seem to be helping here with that bit of extra power that we were lacking at Phillip Island. We have tried quite a few different settings on the bike and have found a good direction. We haven´t done much tyre testing yet so I think there is certainly a bit to come with extra grip out of the bike. Overall I am quite confident and looking forward to the rest of the weekend.´

Nobuatsu Aoki - nineteenth

`First of all I´d like to say thanks to all the guys in the crew, especially after I destroyed a bike in a big crash at the test at Motegi and they´ve worked hard today and at the factory to prepare a bike for me for this wildcard race. Unfortunately we couldn´t bring the new engine here, but I have been testing the new exhaust pipe with the silencer and this has worked very well and made a big improvement with bottom end performance. We still need to do some work and improve on the times, but we are confident the work we do this weekend will be good for the Grand Prix team to use at Valencia. As for myself it has been really hard getting up to racing speed and getting comfortable, but it is coming and for sure I will improve more tomorrow and I think I will be competitive by the afternoon.´

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MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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