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Promising race pace for Vermeulen in France

Promising race pace for Vermeulen in France

Rizla Suzuki´s Chris Vermeulen equalled his best qualifying position of the season so far, in eighth place at Le Mans.

Chris Vermeulen will start from the middle of the third row for tomorrow´s 28-lap Alice Grand Prix de France race, giving him a great chance of getting away with the lead group and making an attack on the podium positions. The Australian´s race pace during this morning´s final practice session and the early part of this afternoon´s qualifying session was consistently up there with the front runners and Vermeulen is confident that he will be able to run with them tomorrow.

Meanwhile, his Suzuki team-mate Loris Capirossi will start immediately behind his team-mate from the middle of the fourth row.

Chris Vermeulen – 8th

`As a whole the weekend has gone very well and I am happy with the progress we have made, but a bit disappointed with the qualifying position as it has been our worst session of the weekend. The bike and tyres are both working well and I am pleased with the way I am riding around Le Mans. We have a good race pace and set-up, and we did quite a few laps on the Bridgestone race tyres and are happy with the choice of rubber for tomorrow for both consistency and durability. I honestly think we are in good stead to fight for a podium and I will be trying my best to achieve that – that´s certainly my goal!´

Loris Capirossi – 11th

`The whole weekend hasn´t been very easy, but I really want to say a big thank-you to all my team because we decided to modify the whole bike for this afternoon, and it worked because my feeling was much better. We improved the rhythm and now I think we are not in too bad a position for the race. I lost out on my last qualifying lap – which was my quickest so far – because of two riders having a chat on the track, and I missed out on my best lap. For tomorrow I think we can improve further and if we get a good start I think I can stay with the top guys.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Loris Capirossi, Chris Vermeulen, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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