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Valencia tyre choice proves to be Rizla Suzuki´s undoing

Valencia tyre choice proves to be Rizla Suzuki´s undoing

Rizla Suzuki riders place ninth and twelfth in final race of 2008 season.

A gamble on soft tyres for the Gran Premio Parts Europe de la Comunitat Valenciana did not paid off for Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen, who struggled in the race and will now look forward to testing on Monday and Tuesday.

Loris Capirossi - Ninth

`It was a really hard race today. I got a good start and had a nice rhythm in the first few laps. I stayed in touch with the front guys and I stayed there for a while and everything seemed to be ok until I had a little bit of trouble with the front tyre. I had chosen a soft compound and it started to move a little bit under braking and then the edge grip started to drop off a bit on the rear and I had to change my rhythm. I tried to defend my position but Lorenzo got me on the straight and I couldn't do anything about it. This is now the last race and we have to start working hard for next year, I am a bit upset that we won't have as many tests in the winter because we have a lot to do on the bike. I am sure Suzuki will work hard to help us because we still need to improve a lot.´

Chris Vermeulen - 13th

`With the hotter temperatures we gambled with tyres and it was probably the wrong decision because from the first lap I really struggled to get feeling out of the tyres. It didn´t really get any better throughout the race so it made it very difficult for me to even keep the bike upright - as well as going as quick as I could. At the end of the race I was quicker than a few of the guys in front of me, but I was still a long way behind where we need to be. The engine just didn´t have enough on the one long straight, but for the test tomorrow Suzuki has brought a lot of parts for us to try, and fingers crossed they´ll be good parts and take us a good step forward.´


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