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Capirossi from terrible to on top at Sepang.

“For sure we have to do more, the new engine [which has silencers] is a little bit better but we have to concentrate more on that side, but overall our bike has improved a lot.”

Both Suzuki riders changed between an older spec blue-liveried bike and a black 2009 racer for back-to-back comparisons throughout Thursday, but Capirossi was quick to point out that even the older (blue) bike was one evolution forward from the 2008 race bike.

“We don't really have last year's bike here because at the Valencia test we worked on a prototype bike, with a new 2009 engine, and then at Phillip Island we changed it more. Then, at Phillip Island, we compared the prototype to last year's bike and we decided that the prototype is better.

“Now here we have that '09 prototype [from Phillip Island] and another new bike and we say the new bike is better than the '09 prototype. That is what is so impressive”

Capirossi then revealed just how far the project had come compared with one year ago, when he first joined the team after five seasons at Ducati.

“The problem last season was that we changed nothing. When I came to Suzuki at the end of 2007, Suzuki had already made the prototype for 2008 and when I first rode the bike here it was terrible,” Loris stated.

“I said 'wow guys, this bike... no way!' Nothing worked. The setting was not good, the chassis was not good. I said 'please I want to go back' but the problem was that Suzuki was already building parts to last the full season with that new bike.

“I said to Suzuki we have to modify, modify, modify but it took a long time and we received only one new chassis in Brno - and from Brno we were much faster - and now we have the bike I want.

"Normally I am so clear when I want something, especially during testing. Suzuki agrees with me 100 per cent because in the past Suzuki has had many good riders, but maybe nobody with strong experience for developing the bike. This is my 20th season in the world championship and I know just about everything.”

But it's not just the GSV-R that's in better shape at the start of 2009; so is its rider:

"I feel really good," said a determined Capirossi. "I've trained f****** hard all winter to be in the best condition ever. I've been with my personal trainer all the time and every day I did a different kind of training - strength, balance, respiration - I feel much better and I will keep this level all season."

Suzuki is riding without Rizla logos at Sepang.

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another false dawn? - Unregistered

February 06, 2009 12:01 AM

enjoy it while you can#65,as a long serving ex team Suzuki Manager told me once.with Suzuki what you get at the first test is about all thats coming for the whole season..mmmm looking like an accurate comment..

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