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Rizla Suzuki looking ahead

Rizla Suzuki looking ahead

Loris Capirossi and Álvaro Bautista are already focused on the Catalunya round following their results at the TIM TT Assen.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP are already targeting this weekend’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya in Barcelona after a difficult race at the TIM TT Assen on Saturday left the team with a lot of work to do. Loris Capirossi and Álvaro Bautista finished in 13th and 14th places respectively and this result was well below what they were expecting at the Dutch circuit.

Capirossi struggled to get any feel from his Suzuki GSV-R as the issues that dogged him at Silverstone last week continued in the hotter temperatures of Assen. He was immediately working with his team after the race to assess the data and see how they can make the changes that will help the bike to be more competitive at Catalunya.

Bautista did the best he could as he struggled with his injured shoulder around the physically demanding circuit. He began the race in severe discomfort and although he tried to push hard he could not find that strength to battle it out with other riders. He rode a lonely race before bringing his bike home safely after 26 gruelling laps.

Loris Capirossi:

“I just don’t know what to say after this weekend - when I try to go quicker than I did today I feel like I will crash and when I try to make a race I end up almost last. The effort we are putting in is a lot and I am really angry and annoyed, because the whole team is trying really hard, we make so many changes to try to find the best solution and we just cannot find it. We just had no feeling at the start of the race and we needed three or four laps to get any kind of feel in the tyres, but by then it was too late. It is the same to finish 11th or 13th, both positions feel the same and it is just not good enough, we need to make some big changes for the weekend so we can try to be more competitive.”

Álvaro Bautista:

“This has been a very bad race for us for a couple of reasons. On Friday in qualifying it looked like we had improved the bike, but when I woke up on race morning I felt more pain in my left arm. I think that I did too much on Friday and my left arm was very tired and painful. This was a bad start for a race, but I tried to be positive and have a good race. From the first lap though it felt very difficult riding the bike, because it felt like the tyres were still not warm enough, so I tried to push and find my rhythm like in practice, but the bike just moved around much more than it did in practice – I don’t know why. I struggled a lot in the race and I just tried to do the best I could. I hope that the feeling is better for the next race because it is my home GP. I have a week to get some more strength in my arm and try to recover a bit more and hopefully get a better result in Barcelona.”

Press release courtesy of Rizla Suzuki

MotoGP, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN, Loris Capirossi, Alvaro Bautista, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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