Suzuki is still waiting for the results it believes the 2009 GSV-R is capable of, after Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen finished sixth and tenth in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
Regular top three performances during winter testing fuelled hopes of a regular podium challenge in 2009, but in the three rounds to date the top Suzuki has crossed the line seventh (Qatar), seventh (Motegi) and now sixth (Jerez).
“I am a bit upset with the result, because we had a problem with the tyre and had to change it on the grid and that cost us some places at the start,” revealed Capirossi. “We put in a new one and for the first two laps it did not work as well as I would have liked.
“After it settled down I pushed hard and chased Marco [Melandri] and Colin [Edwards] and tried get past them. I did that but the grip dropped off pretty quickly and they went back past me, so I played about with the traction control to find the best solution.
“On the last lap I overtook Colin again, but there wasn't enough time to get Marco. We want to go much better than this, but we have to work harder, because although the bike is not too bad we have to take some big steps."
"I got a reasonable start off the line, but I came together with a couple of other riders in turn one and lost my momentum,” said Vermeulen. “It was a bit difficult as I had a couple of Ducatis around me and with their straight-line speed they were a bit hard to get past.
“Once I got by I thought I would be able to pick up my lap-time, but we struggled with front grip and I wasn't able to. The track temperature was a few degrees hotter today and it seemed to affect us more than it did some others and we have to work out why.”
"We managed to match our qualifying positions in the race today, which is not at all spectacular, but it is in honesty about what we could have expected,” admitted team manager Paul Denning.