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Rizla Suzuki look to get to grips with Valencia

Rizla Suzuki look to get to grips with Valencia

Tyre problems were top of the list of woes for Rizla Suzuki on Friday.

Rizla Suzuki opened their practice activity in Valencia with both Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi outside the top ten, despite their skills in wet conditions. The duo were left looking for grip on a difficult day of practice sessions in Spain, but there is a stark contrast in their hopes for the Saturday weather.

Chris Vermeulen - Eleventh

`It was a difficult day today with the weather; it was very cold and wet – unlike Malaysia last week when it was hot and wet! It made it quite hard to get going in the cold this morning, but the bike did seem to work pretty well straight out of the box so everything seems to be ok there. As the track conditions changed, with even more rain, we went out and tried even more settings in those conditions – just in case the race is like that – and we feel as though we are prepared if that happens. Hopefully tomorrow will be dry and we´ll get some time on slicks so we can prepare for the race.´

Loris Capirossi - Seventeenth

`Today has been very tough because we have been working all day to find the best solution to the conditions. It feels like I have zero grip on the rear and every time I lean the bike over I feel like I am going to lose it. We tried many things with settings and in the end we changed a lot of things and immediately went one second quicker, but the session was then over and we couldn´t keep on working to see what more improvements we could make. We certainly have a lot of work to do because we are still far away from the top and we still don't really understand why we have the problem with the rear, but we will be looking at the data to see what is happening – we really hope it rains tomorrow so we can fix the problem. We know we have to go much better, and we certainly have the capability to do so!´

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MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO PARTS EUROPE DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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