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Wet qualifying leaves Suzuki with work to do

Wet qualifying leaves Suzuki with work to do

Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen will start Sunday’s German MotoGP contest from the third and fourth rows respectively.

In Saturday’s Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland qualifying session, held in torrential rain at Sachsenring, the Rizla Suzuki team did not achieve the results they were looking for, with Loris Capirossi ending up ninth and Chris Vermeulen 12th. Capirossi crashed late in the session, having seen his team-mate hit the deck earlier in the weekend.

Loris Capirossi – 9th

“Overall the practice has not been too bad because we were able to work on getting a good wet setting. We made a few changes half-way through to improve engine-braking and control, but the biggest problem was the amount of rain on the track in the last 15 minutes of the session. I did quite a good lap and then on what felt like my best lap I lost some time behind Marco Melandri, so I decided I had to go for it on the next lap, but in turn seven as I opened the throttle to accelerate out, the rear tyre just let go and I flew a long way off the bike. The good thing for us though is that the feeling in the bike is good in the wet and this will help us if it is like this tomorrow.”

Chris Vermeulen – 12th

“I am quite disappointed with qualifying because we struggled to get the bike working well for me. That was probably due to my lack of track time at speed today, but we did make some steps during the session. Right at the end, when there was a lot of standing water, we struggled to get good grip from the rear of the bike and that is something we'll look at tonight so we can be ready if it is wet tomorrow. With my injuries it will be a bit easier for me physically if it is wet tomorrow, but if it's dry I'm expecting it to be a tough race. My shoulder and my hip are both hurting from the crash on Friday, but I'll be ok to race and trying as hard as I can!”

MotoGP, 2009, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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