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Mixed fortunes for Rizla Suzuki pair

Mixed fortunes for Rizla Suzuki pair

The MotoGP team found race day improvements at Silverstone as Álvaro Bautista placed 12th, whilst Loris Capirossi suffered a crash.

Rizla Suzuki finished the AirAsia British Grand Prix weekend in a slightly more positive frame of mind after improving weather conditions gave both riders the chance to ride their GSV-R machines nearer the limit.

Loris Capirossi made a good start and was up inside the top ten during the first few laps as he tried to salvage something from a tough home GP for the Rizla Suzuki team. He looked like he would be involved for a scrap for a top-ten finish, but as he braked for the first corner on the 14th lap he lost the front of his bike, forcing him to let off the brakes. Capirossi headed for the gravel trap at high speed and was unable to keep his bike upright and crashed. Sadly he was unable to continue and his weekend finished early as he walked away unhurt.

Bautista fought the whole race to learn new reference points on his Suzuki GSV-R as his increased pace altered the whole track from the Spaniard’s perspective. He too looked like being involved in the battle for tenth, but as the race wore on his recent injury took its toll on his strength and he crossed the line in 12th position.

Álvaro Bautista

“For me the race seemed like my first free practice, because the conditions were different and I was able to start to ride like I wanted. I didn’t have any reference points with the better conditions so I had to learn them in the race and it was quite difficult to do that. I am quite happy because I think we have made one step forward with the bike in cold conditions and during the race I was able to ride consistently quicker than my best lap in qualifying. Also my shoulder feels much better, it was a bit painful in the last few laps, but I am pleased with how I’m recovering. Today has been the first day I’ve been able to push since my injury and I hope that for the next races I will get stronger physically and get more confidence on the bike.”

Loris Capirossi

“I think that the whole weekend has been very tough for us, but today we did have better conditions and it gave me a better feeling on the bike. My start was not too bad, but I still couldn’t ride as hard as I wanted and with seven laps to go I lost the front during braking, so I had to let off the brakes and I was going into the corner too fast and I crashed in the gravel. It has been a bad weekend because we just couldn’t find what we were looking for to make us go quicker and get the grip we wanted. I feel so sorry for the whole team and for all the people that came to support us because we just didn’t give a very good show at our home race. Sometimes races are like this and you have to just keep going till it gets better!”

Paul Denning – Team Manager

“It’s been a really difficult weekend and it would have been unrealistic to expect things to change drastically for the race. Having said that, both the guys pushed as hard as they dared and at least we were in the group fighting for tenth place – which was better than practice or qualifying. The slightly warmer temperatures helped us a little bit, but it meant that the practice from the rest of the weekend was meaningless and for the riders it almost felt like the first decent run of the weekend. Thanks to all our sponsors and partners for all their support over the weekend and we’ll be pushing Suzuki to deliver the improvements we need, as soon as possible!”

Press release courtesy of Rizla Suzuki

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MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Alvaro Bautista, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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