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Capirossi hoping for engine progress.

Loris Capirossi may not have held onto 'P1' during day two of the Sepang test, but the MotoGP veteran did confirm the potential of the new Suzuki by being a close second fastest - between 2007 world champion Casey Stoner (Ducati) and 2008 title holder Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).

“I quite enjoyed the day because we improved a little bit compared with yesterday,” said the Italian, who lowered his best lap time by 0.314sec. “We tried some new things, including one new chassis this afternoon, which was not too bad.

“For sure it been a good start to the year, we have improved a lot from last year and we are much quicker. We have to continue to work on the engine but if we can do that then I really think we are ready to fight,” he declared.

“Our bike, the package is not too bad, but we struggle a little with the engine. We have to change something. I hope it will happen soon,” concluded Loris, who took one podium during an injury-interrupted first season with Suzuki.

Capirossi's team-mate Chris Vermeulen was fifth fastest.

Testing concludes on Saturday.

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Yohanes Sondang Kunto

February 07, 2009 10:02 AM

Capirex is right! Since the 4 stroke era, I think Suzuki lost its touch of build superb fast engine. I believe Suzuki is easier to ride even compared to Yamaha, the chassis is perfect, handling is excellent but under power compared to other manufacture. That is why in extreem wet or twisty track which doesn't need superb power, we could see Suzuki can fight back to Ducati, Yamaha, and Honda. Give him a superb fast machine to take back the era of Kevin and Kenny Jr. era.

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