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Rizla Suzuki set for Sepang

Rizla Suzuki set for Sepang

The Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team is on the way to Malaysia to resume its preparations for the 2010 season, at the first of three tests scheduled before the season opener in Qatar in April.

Loris Capirossi and Álvaro Bautista will be riding their Suzuki GSV-R prototypes for the first time since last November at Sepang this week.

Capirossi has been training hard throughout the winter break and the experienced Italian is in peak condition as he prepares to start his 21st season in top-flight motorcycle racing. Bautista will be appearing at Sepang for the first time on a MotoGP machine since joining the Suzuki squad at the end of last season. So far, the Spaniard has completed two tests on the GSV-R – at Valencia and Estoril – and is keen to continue his learning curve. The Sepang test will also be the first time that Bautista will appear in full Rizla Suzuki livery.

Following a shakedown test for factory test rider Nobuatsu Aoki on Wednesday, the official two-day test gets underway on Thursday.

“It feels like a very long time since I was on the bike and I just cannot wait to start riding again – I am even having trouble sleeping because I am so excited about getting back to work!” explained Capirossi. “I know the guys at Suzuki have been working really hard this winter so we will hopefully be able to get on the pace – or close to it – from day one at Sepang. We are looking forward to a good package and I am also going to the factory after the test to do some work with the guys in Hamamatsu, to try and make the bike the best it can be in time for the start of the season.”

He continued: “After 20 seasons, I am as focused coming into this year as I have ever been and still really enjoy everything to do with MotoGP. I certainly feel like I have unfinished business in racing and a few more milestones to reach, so this test is the start of my preparations to make them happen.”

Bautista stated: “I am really excited about this test, because it feels like my first real time as a Rizla Suzuki rider. I have already done a couple of tests, and the team seemed really happy with the job I did, but this time it will be my bike and I will also be in the team colours so that is another important thing. I am confident in my ability on the bike and the initial feeling on the MotoGP Suzuki is quite natural for me, but I will not be trying to break any records yet – I need to learn a lot more about the GSV-R and find the limits step by step. This Sepang test will be a good place to start, I am excited to be in Suzuki’s factory team and I will do my maximum for them.”

MotoGP, 2010, Alvaro Bautista, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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