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I mentioned in an earlier thread that the Suzuki as not as bad as some people make it out to be. They've really stepped up their game and have moved closer to the front runners. Their qualifying times have improved since last year. They've found about .5 seconds per lap. I noticed that Capirex has qualified roughly .8 sec off pole in the last two races this year which is a damn sight better than their past qualifying performances which usually saw them between 1.5 to 2 seconds adrift of the pole man. All is not doom & gloom in the Suzook camp. Even rookie Bautista was a mere 1.2 seconds off pole in only his second ever race in MotoGP!

Suzuki's inauspicious start to the season is mainly due to rider error. A couple of falls by both riders have made them lose out out some much needed points. I'm sure that Loris would have finished anywhere between fifth & tenth in the last two races had he not decided to get a "close up" view of the tarmac! Bautista is also showing signs that he can mix it with the best & is coping comfortably with the other rookies.Suzuki will bounce back at Mugello. Hopefully, both riders will finish comfortably in the top ten. We should examine their lap times & increased pace before writing them off so early in the year...They're not a million miles away, bearing in mind the ferocity of the competition.


May 26, 2010 4:33 PM

Greg, I make you right with your numbers but if one of the Suzuki's finshes in the 5th to 10th bracket, it doesn't really earn much kudos considering we're lucky to get 13 finishers...

That isn't Suzuki's fault, that's DORNA's- but it means it is a less appealing championship than ever.

Unless you're top 6 you get very little TV coverage, and a points finish doesn't mean what it used to.

The Suzuki may only be 1 second per lap off the pace, but over 25 laps.... Gulp!

Suzuki need to be scoring in the top 8 or else I can see them pulling the plug on Moto GP, at least until the regs change in 2012.

If I was Loris I'd take a satellite Ducati too...

Jon, you're spot on with your comments.Loris looks capable of finishing in the top 5-8 places on a good day. The problem with Suzuki is "getting enough heat into the tyres." Hopefully this recurring theme won't rear its head again. Like many other Suzuki fans,I'm also nonplussed by their perennial inabilty to deliver in the premier class when their GSX-R road bikes are such potent weapons and do the business all over the world...Maybe they should stick with what they know best and build a high revving in-line four when the MotoGP class reverts back to 1000cc in 2012. I'm sure that they'll attain a greater degree of success if they go along a tried & tested route.

G.O.M. - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 8:27 PM

I don't think a move to Ducati will make any difference to Capi's results. He's at the end of his career and simply doesn't want it as much as he used to. The only time he gets a reasonable lap-time now is when he latches on to Valentino. Good rider in his day, but that day is gone!
Suzuki's biggest problem is the fact that they have never bit the bullet and bought a "big" rider.
The 2010 GSV-R is a LOT better than the 2007 bike and John Hopkins took that to 4th in the championship. . . John wasn't the most talented individual but he badly wanted to win.
So if John could do what he did, what could Rossi, Stoner, Lorenzo, or even the "mighty midget" do with the current Suzuki???


May 27, 2010 9:24 AM

I don't think the GSVR '10 is better than the '07 bike at all.
Consider that Vermuelen came in 6th that year, but hasn't been able do anything anywhere else...
Comparatively 2007 was the Suzuki's best chance of success as the Tech 3 Yamaha's were a mile behind the factory bikes, and only Pedrosa/Stoner got any success from the Honda/Ducati respectively.
People like Alex Hoffman and Ant West were scoring points!

Anyway, who can you replace Capirex with?
Leader of Moto 2? Well that's Elias and he's just been dropped from GP.
WSBK? Maybe Crutchlow or Rea, but Biaggi, Checa, Toseland etc have been there & done that.

Capi isn't an alien but I think you'd struggle to replace him...


May 27, 2010 11:07 AM

Nooooooooooooooo waste of a ride, Capex was the dirtiest of dirtiest riders in his hayday (250's) yet has become this lovable rogue in GP. Great racer in his day, day is gone please for the love of all things motorcycle..DONT..and..Pouchy
"Capirossi should have been world champion the year that Hayden "won" the championship. Capirossi was leading the championship at the point when his "team mate" Gibernau (sp?) knocked him off (& others). "
look back you can clearly see that Sete was braking (and sliding) along Capex doing the same Sete hit his front brake on the back of Cap's bike and voila 120 mph stoppy and over ya go. Was No-ones fault and affected Sete more than loris!!

Uzamaki - Unregistered

May 28, 2010 6:33 AM

Just thought I would point out I thought you were wrong. So I went back and watched the race on Motogp archives I watch old seasons all the time. Well not that it really matter but it was Sete's fault, Capi along with everyone else is breaking sliding yes but in a straight line ... and here comes Sete drifting over and runs right into his bike. Also Capirex was leading the championship or tied with hayden or something but wasn't able to race after the crash and was not able to be competitive the rest of the season. Sete ****ed him and Marco.... it was round 7 too....and sete was nowhere not even in the top 10. SO Capi had a good chance that year to win .. LOOK BACK YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THIS.

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