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Varied first day for Capirossi and Bautista

Varied first day for Capirossi and Bautista

The Rizla Suzuki MotoGP riders completed their first day of the night-time test held under the floodlights at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

Loris Capirossi recorded a best time of 1’57.099 from his 40 laps of the Losail track to give him 11th place overall. He worked through only a small amount of his scheduled test programme today (Thursday) because, unfortunately for Capirossi and the whole team, he had to finish the session early due to sickness.

Alvaro Bautista, 17th fastest with a time of 1’57.960 from 56 laps, used the first day to acclimatise himself to riding a MotoGP bike at the under the strange atmosphere of artificial lighting. He started to find a rhythm with his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R as the test rolled on and is sure he can improve dramatically tomorrow.

The cooler track conditions were exactly what the team wanted as it gave them a chance to evaluate the steps that have been taken this winter to improve the performance of the GSV-R in changeable conditions.

Loris Capirossi:

“I think that the bike is a bit better compared to last year’s, but I didn’t make many laps today because I don’t feel so good. This will now make tomorrow very important because we have some big things to try and some other bits to fix. I am really optimistic and think that the new bike is a step in the right direction and we have an opportunity to make an improved performance in the championship.”

Alvaro Bautista:

“The first day here has not had the same feel for me as I had on the last day in Sepang, this is because it is a new track for me on a MotoGP bike with new reference points and I don’t feel 100% yet. The problem I have is in the exit of corners, I can keep a good line and go out through them, but it is difficult to get it right every time and enjoy it. We’ve tried different solutions, but I don’t have a good feeling. We decided to stop a bit early because it has been a long day and my body is not feeling the changes we are making to the bike. Tomorrow we have another day and I hope to be 100% and to enjoy riding the bike and to go much better.”

Press release courtesy of Rizla Suzuki

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

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