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Rizla Suzuki pair face Valencia difficulties with confidence

Rizla Suzuki pair face Valencia difficulties with confidence

Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen will take off from eighth and twelfth, respectively, for Sunday´s race at Valencia.

Loris Capirossi just missed out on the second row for the Gran Premio Parts Europe de la Comunitat Valenciana, whilst Rizla Suzuki teammate Chris Vermeulen fell to twelfth in the tightly-contested qualifying session. Whilst the grid positions may not be quite what the duo would have targeted, the work done on the race setup on Saturday has elevated their confidence.

Loris Capirossi - Eighth

`The conditions this afternoon were much better and we were able to start the session with a race tyre. After about 15 minutes it started to rain a bit and so I put in a qualifier, but I think I used it a little too early because the track was not 100% dry and I think I maybe lost a couple of tenths on the lap-time. This is not too big a problem though and the middle of the third row is still ok here. I was able to test some race tyres and I am happy with the set-up for tomorrow. I am optimistic about the race because the whole team worked hard all day to get the wet setting right this morning and to set-up a great race bike this afternoon!´

Chris Vermeulen - Twelfth

`It was very difficult conditions for qualifying because it was the first time this weekend that we had put slicks in the bike and we had to try and get a dry set-up, test some race tyres and set the fastest lap of the weekend on qualifiers – all on a track that wasn't completely dry – it certainly was a tough challenge! I feel like the bike is working reasonably well and at the end of the session I was on my fastest lap but I made a couple of mistakes and lost a bit of time, if I hadn´t I´m sure I´d have been further up the grid. The race pace looks reasonable and I am comfortable with package we have for tomorrow, so hopefully we can get a good start, get through the field early and have a strong race.´


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