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Bautista makes strides and Capirossi is positive

Bautista makes strides and Capirossi is positive

The Rizla Suzuki team take encouraging results from the test at the Sepang International Circuit with riders Loris Capirossi and Álvaro Bautista both making progress on the GSV-R bike.

MotoGP rookie Álvaro Bautista took some big steps in his premier class education during the two-day test at Sepang this week, taking over 2.5s off his best time from the previous test as he continues to learn the GSV-R.

His work was hindered slightly by a small low-side crash on day one – which did not result in injury – and a slide later in the day, which left him needing treatment for a torn muscle in his left arm. However, the Spanish rider was delighted with his time of 2’01.732 which was set on Friday.

“I am very happy with this test and it shows that we have improved a big amount since the last test here,” he said. “It was a bit of a strange day today because I did improve my time, but after nearly crashing yesterday I was in a lot of pain and it made it very difficult to ride, so I was not able to do too many laps. It has been a good test though and I am happy with the direction we are going in.”

Bautista continued: “I still need to get some parts of the bike improved and I am sure we will make more steps in Qatar. I feel very happy with most things at the moment. The team is very good and we are all working together very well and I am finally starting to ride the bike how I want to!”

Team-mate Loris Capirossi also improved his time from the previous test and was sixth fastest overall across the two days, with a time of 2’01.321 on Friday. The veteran used the test to evaluate the 2010 ‘long-life’ engine for the GSV-R, and both he and Bautista tested new chassis components and various other performance aspects.

“Overall the test has been not too bad and I think we are in a reasonable situation at the moment,” said Capirossi. “I used the new engine and it does seem to have some improvement in performance from the one we used at the end of last season. I tried some new traction control strategies and they seem to be a bit better, but we really need to understand how the bike is going to perform in colder conditions, so the test in Qatar will be very important. Two days of testing at a time is not enough to try and get everything done and make the changes we need, but it is the same for everyone so we have to try and do our best.”

Capirossi added: “I have asked Suzuki if they can make some improvements for the chassis in time for Qatar and they say that they will be able to, so that is positive and it will help us understand how much we have improved since last year.”

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

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