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Vermeulen progress halted by crash

Vermeulen progress halted by crash

Rizla Suzuki’s Chris Vermeulen crashed during the early part of the first practice session at Laguna Seca, usually one of his favourite tracks.

Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi provide the Rizla Suzuki perspective on the first day of practice at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Chris Vermeulen – 8th

“I was really looking forward to coming back to Laguna as it is obviously a track I enjoy, but it wasn't the start I wanted! On the fourth or fifth lap I was just starting to build up my pace and as I entered turn two I locked the front wheel and went down. Unfortunately the bike was on the outside of the circuit so I was unable to get it back for the rest of the session. I got back to the pits and went out on the other bike but it was set up very differently - geometry wise - and it didn't quite work as well as we'd hoped around here. The main thing we did find today was that we are still struggling a lot with the front feeling of the bike as it feels quite a bit different to last year. Bridgestone has brought a different front tyre this time to the one I used in 2008 and we're trying to make that work better for us. Apart from that the bike feels quite good and it is accelerating quite well off the corners. I do love riding around here so hopefully tomorrow we can get the bike working better and get closer to the front.”

Loris Capirossi – 12th

“We tried to do something big with the setting today and we started with two very different bikes. We never really found the best solution with either bike and went back to the first one and modified that a bit to try and find the best settings for this track. On the last run we did improve a bit but we still need to work harder and improve a lot more tomorrow. We still need a bit more grip and although overall things are ok we need to make some big steps in certain places tomorrow.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Chris Vermeulen, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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