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Solid start for Capirossi as crash hinders Vermeulen

Solid start for Capirossi as crash hinders Vermeulen

Loris Capirossi had a better time than his team-mate Chris Vermeulen on day one at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, but both still have improvements to make.

Rizla Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi made a promising start during the first practice session at Sachsenring in Germany, whilst his colleague Chris Vermeulen was left nursing bumps and bruises following a big high-side crash.

Loris Capirossi – 12th

“The conditions today were very strange, because we started with wet tyres and after about half-of-an-hour it was good enough to change to dry ones. I stayed out as long as I could to try and find a good rhythm with just a basic setting so we could understand how the bike was working. We found out a lot of information that will certainly help us to work in the best way possible tomorrow. Although we are 12th - which is a pretty poor position - we do have a lot of data to use tomorrow and I think we will make some big improvements.”

Chris Vermeulen – 16th

“It has not been the start to the weekend that I would have wanted! The weather wasn't ideal and we went out on the wet bike at the beginning, but I had an issue with that and missed a bit of the session. The guys seemed to overcome the problem and I was able to go back out and do a few more laps in the damp conditions. About half-way through we went out on slicks - even though it was still a bit patchy in places - and we were making steps with the bike. I went back out towards the end of the hour and the bike was a big step forward, which helped me get my lap-time down. As I was going across one of the puddles I think I was pushing a bit too hard and had a bit of a slide and crashed. I landed on the same side that I injured in Laguna so I'm not in the best of conditions, but I am sure I'll be fine tomorrow and we'll make some big steps forward.”

MotoGP, 2009, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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