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The following release is from Rizla Suzuki:



Promising first day for Rizla Suzuki MotoGP in Spain Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has made a good start to the second round of the MotoGP World Championship at Jerez in Spain, with both Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen improving on their times from the test here last month.
Capirossi recorded the ninth fastest time on his Suzuki racing debut in Europe, with a lap of 1?41.157 during this afternoon?s session. Team-mate Vermeulen?s time of 1?41.303 was fractionally behind the Italian and gave Suzuki?s Australia star 12th position on the timesheets.
Today?s sessions were held in warm and sunny conditions with air temperatures reaching a comfortable 21?C and the track surface heating up to 27. The fastest time of the day was set by reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo on his factory Yamaha.
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has one final practice session tomorrow morning before the important hour-long qualifying session in the afternoon to decide grid positions for Sunday?s 27-lap race that gets underway at 14.00hrs local time (12.00hrs GMT).

Loris Capirossi:

?It has not been too bad today! We have started the weekend quite well and we have tried some different things on the bike from what we used at the test here last month. From my side I think we are really now starting to understand what we need to do and for sure we have to improve tomorrow ? but already we are not too far from the first guy! We have to keep working in a positive way, but we need to improve the power delivery and also work hard with Bridgestone to try to give us a little more grip.?

Chris Vermeulen:

?It?s been a good start here today. We?ve changed some parts on the bike since Qatar, with some new stuff from Suzuki and also the 2007 aerodynamics. It all seems to be working quite well and it has made the bike very stable in the corners. For me it was very different riding with that bodywork on as it was the first time I?d used it in over four months. It was strange to get on at first, but it?s working well and we are consistently quicker than we were at the test here. In the last run I did 29 laps on the same front tyre and it performed well, so we seem to have good durability from the race tyres. Tomorrow we will work on getting a bit more speed out of the bike and hopefully we?ll be alright for the race.?

Paul Denning ? Team Manager:

?The results today don?t really reflect it but the second round of the championship has started a lot better for the team than the first round in Qatar. The positions the guys are in today isn?t where we want to be but the gap to the front has been reduced significantly, and whilst we weren?t able to produce a headline lap on fresh tyres, the pace of both guys on worn tyres was consistent which promises good things for the race.
?We?ve still got a lot of details to work on, but basically the bikes are working well and the riders are able to concentrate on the settings that will allow them to go fast on Sunday. Today was a decent start, but we will be looking to step it up tomorrow and get the best out of the qualifiers in readiness for Sunday?s race.?

Combined Free Practice Times
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 1'40.321
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 1'40.364
3.Colin Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha 1'40.584
4.Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda 1'40.673
5.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 1'40.815
6.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro 1'40.828
7.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP 1'40.909
8.James Toseland (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha 1'41.028
9.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'41.157
10.Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1'41.189
11.Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 1'41.268
12.Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki 1'41.303
13.Shinya Nakano (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1'41.393
14.John Hopkins (USA) Kawasaki Racing 1'41.519
15.Marco Melandri (ITA) Ducati Marlboro 1'41.825
16.Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Alice Team 1'42.115
17.Anthony West (AUS) Kawasaki Racing 1'42.181
18.Toni Elias (SPA) Alice Team 1'42.183
 

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Suzuki really needsw a strong rider to be on their team, to help them develop the bike, and then ride it to win.
 

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Plastic Cup Politics said:
We'll have to wait and see what Spies can do.
I just hope for Suzuki sake he does not turn into a NH


And don't get me started on the 2006 season
 

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Plastic Cup Politics said:
No one yet.
He'll have to prove what he can do this year on the widlcard runs.
Even if he does unbelievable well, it'll take him a season to acclimate to the circuit, I'd guess..
 

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1. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 40.337 secs
2. Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 40.402 secs
3. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 40.415 secs
4. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (
1min 40.423 secs
5. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 40.488 secs
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Scot Team (M) 1min 40.617 secs
7. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (
1min 40.692 secs
8. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (
1min 40.731 secs
9. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M) 1min 40.775 secs
10. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (
1min 40.837 secs
11. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (
1min 40.944 secs
12. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (
1min 41.042 secs
13. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (
1min 41.135 secs
14. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (
1min 41.188 secs
15. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 1min 41.559 secs
16. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (
1min 41.975 secs
17. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (
1min 42.422 secs
18. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (
1min 42.613 secs
 

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Biga said:
Suzuki really needsw a strong rider to be on their team, to help them develop the bike, and then ride it to win.
Plastic Cup Politics said:
We'll have to wait and see what Spies can do.
I am avail as well to ride for them


Biga said:
Go Capt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I fixed it for ya Biga
 

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I can hear the commentary now........"and on lap 2 they are coming up on lap traffic, positions 19 and 20.............got around them pretty easy.................here we are on lap 5, lap traffic again, once again, no problem passing positions 19 and 20 once again"
 

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Captain Squid said:
I can hear the commentary now........"and on lap 2 they are coming up on lap traffic, positions 19 and 20.............got around them pretty easy.................here we are on lap 5, lap traffic again, once again, no problem passing positions 19 and 20 once again"
"what's this?!?!? It appears as if one of the satellite suzuki riders has actually jumped onto the back of Rossi's bike while being passed"
 

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Plastic Cup Politics said:
"what's this?!?!? It appears as if one of the satellite suzuki riders has actually jumped onto the back of Rossi's bike while being passed"
phag

 

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Plastic Cup Politics said:
well I don't know the exact rules but maybe if I cross the line with Rossi I could pick up some points.


Those guys kill me, to see them sliding around and the tire hopping off the ground......I would have crashed a long time ago and they just ride it out.
 
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