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Second row for Capirossi in The Netherlands

Second row for Capirossi in The Netherlands

Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi continued with his recent run of good form to force his way onto the second row of the grid for Saturday’s Alice TT Assen race.

Loris Capirossi took forward steps all the way through Friday afternoon’s hour-long qualifying practice in Holland and is confident that there is still more to come from his Suzuki GSV-R during Saturday morning’s warm-up and 26-lap race.

Chris Vermeulen will start closely behind his team-mate as he lines up for the race at the front of the third row.

Loris Capirossi – 5th

"Overall we have made another step with the setting and I am quite happy about that, but we still need to take a further step tomorrow morning in the warm-up. The whole team is working really hard and they really understand what I need. I am still losing a bit of front feeling, but it's not that bad and I think it is something we can overcome. Second row is not too bad and we will have to see what sort of start we get and try to keep with the front pack. I am quite optimistic for tomorrow because if we make the small step we are looking for we will be right up there challenging!"

Chris Vermeulen – 7th

"It was a fairly good qualifying for us and a lot better than the previous two GPs. The team did a great job and made a big step forward with the bike. We went well on both the compounds of tyres today and the softer one gave quite a bit more grip at the rear so we used that to do the qualifying laps on. We were able to do seven or eight laps on them and they stayed very consistent which shows what a good job Bridgestone are doing. Unfortunately on my last run we were a bit close on time and I thought I'd get in one more lap, sadly I wasn't able to, but I am sure I would have improved my time - and hopefully grid position - because I made a couple of mistakes on my previous lap - which was my fastest - and I'm sure I'd have put them right Seventh place is a bit closer to the front than we have been recently and I'm feeling quite confident and looking forward to a good race tomorrow."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, ALICE TT ASSEN

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