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Vermeulen takes season best result in Assen

Vermeulen takes season best result in Assen

Australian finishes fifth in the Alice TT Assen.

Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen earned his best result of the season in Assen on Saturday, taking fifth place in the Dutch date. Teammate Loris Capirossi could have finished one place behind, but encountered a late difficulty in the form of Toni Elías.

Chris Vermeulen - 5th

"I'm obviously happy because this is my best result of the year and we have shown that we have made a step with the bike after the Barcelona test - especially on the chassis side of things. At this track - and the next couple that we are going to - it is not so important on the motor front, so the slight speed disadvantage that we have is not so bad and we can still be competitive. I got a good start to the race and got in with the front guys early on. I tried as hard as I could to stay with them, but didn't quite have the lap-times to hang in there. I kept pushing all race and when Colin came past I tried to hang on to him, but he seemed to have a bit more rear grip than me. Most of the race after that was pretty boring as I was on my own. I'm happy with fifth and it gives us some valuable points in the championship and a good result to take forward into Laguna Seca."

Loris Capirossi - 9th

"It was not a good result today and it began with a bad start by me, it made it very difficult all race because it is not very easy to overtake here. When I was pushed wide I was really disappointed because it meant I had to start all over again and chase the other guys to get past. I got past three riders on the last lap and I was just behind Kallio on the last few corners and then he crashed, so I was sixth. I thought that would be not too bad, but on the last corner Elias tried to overtake me and put me out and that was it, it was is all over. I am upset because I really think if I had got a good start today I would have had a good race and we'd have been competitive, but it's finished now and we have to move on."

MotoGP, 2009, ALICE TT ASSEN, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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