Need for engine speed primary concern for Suzuki

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Lack of top speed only major problem for rapidly improving GSV-R.

A major redevelopment of the Suzuki GSV-R has shown major improvements for the factory’s riders in 2009 testing, with times in Qatar confirming the step forward taken in the run-up to the upcoming season.

Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi were both amongst the fastest six riders of the test, separated by 0.029 on a speedy final night under the lights. The duo were pleased to continue with the progression made at last month’s visit to Sepang –typically a strong track for Suzuki- but urged further improvement in engine speed in time for the first race of the year.

“We were able to do a long run, try some different settings and definitely made a step at this track,” said Vermeulen upon the test’s conclusion. “Engine speed is still one thing to work on though; we’re still a little slow on the straights, which makes it difficult to race.”

Capirossi concurred with his teammate’s findings, heaping further praise on the work carried out in Japan over the past few months.

“I’m really satisfied because the bike is overall much better compared to last year’s,” said the Italian. “It has been really important to confirm that the bike is competitive here. The engine is what we need to work on; we’re struggling on the top speed and this is the most problematic thing for us.”

Vermeulen picked up a minor hand injury in a Monday night crash, whilst Capirossi took a tumble on Tuesday without consequences.

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