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Capirossi in search of further improvements

Capirossi in search of further improvements

Although he was second fastest on Friday in Jerez, Loris Capirossi is still not 100% comfortable with his set-up at the Spanish track.

Loris Capirossi is aiming for a strong result this weekend at the Gran Premio de España, having looked good in preseason testing at Jerez and having started with a good lap time on Friday.

With the first day of practice in southern Spain held in warm and sunny conditions - air temperatures at 23ºC and the track surface rising to 48ºC - Capirossi enjoyed the sunshine, but explained that he does not have his GSV-R set-up correctly yet to make the most of the tyre options available at a venue which has a new layer of asphalt since last year’s race.

“It is really the first time that we have had very good weather for testing things here and we hope to have two more dry sessions tomorrow because we still need to work things out on the bike,” commented the veteran Italian. “Friday was good but we still don’t have a perfect setting. We have a few ideas about what to do on Saturday on the bike but anyway, I’m quite happy.”

He continued, “It is really easy to select tyres this year as there are only two compounds, but the soft one is too soft for us here and the harder one is still a bit too soft for us. Everyone has the same problems though. We will have to adjust the bike a bit so that we use a bit less tyre. Anyway, I feel very good on the bike and I know that when we fix the problems we will go quicker.”

Paul Denning, the Rizla Suzuki Team Manager added, “It’s difficult to assess the real potential from this short single session today. Obviously it’s good to have Loris right up there in second place, but we have a lot of work still to do in these warmer conditions to try and find a good step in rear grip with the harder compound tyre, which looks like it will be the only option open to us for the race.”

“We need to get the bike set up to increase the durability of the tyres, but a least we've had a solid Friday afternoon, and we've managed to gather a lot of information as we look to get a good result here in Jerez.”

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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