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Capirossi, Vermeulen lead Italian GP.

If Suzuki wants to finish on the 2009 MotoGP podium then they will have to provide a stronger engine for the GSV-R - that was the message, politely put, by Loris Capirossi after the Italian's fiery performance in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

After qualifying third on the grid and dropping back to eighth in the wet, Capirossi rode 'like an animal' to fight forwards after pitting for his dry weather bike on lap 9 of 23.

The Italian had been tenth after his pit stop, but - aided by a quick out lap - stormed up to third by lap 12, then took second by lap 14.

That left only Casey Stoner standing between Capirossi and the GSV-R's second ever MotoGP race win - and Capirossi sensationally took the lead from the Ducati rider on lap 15.

Stoner was back in front by the end of the lap, but an increasingly vulnerable Capirossi clung to second place until two laps from the finish, when Fiat Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi burst past.

Capirossi then lost a further position to compatriot Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) on the final lap, leaving him fifth at the chequered flag - and under no illusions as to what he needs from Suzuki to stay at the front.

"I tried my best today and we nearly got the result the whole team deserved,” said Loris. “When I came in to change my bike I was quick immediately and I tried to catch Casey. When I did, I thought I'd done a good job to get there but from then it was very difficult to stay with him and keep a distance from the guys behind.

“We now need a lot of help from Suzuki, because on the straight it is difficult to follow and stay with the faster guys - and this is what is limiting us at the moment,” he declared.

Suzuki had been the slowest of the five MotoGP manufacturers on top speed all weekend and Capirossi must now hope that the rumoured new engine is ready for the Catalan Grand Prix on June 14.

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Gremlin - Unregistered

June 01, 2009 12:28 PM

Loris' ride was sensational however i think as much as vermin sugar coats it saying 'lack of grip' or 'drying track' what it really was was lack of power.. We all saw him just getting swallowed down the straight lap after lap and not losing position during the rest of the track, it all happened on the straight sadly, it was almost like he was standing still the others just went past him like the Ducati did to everyone else in 2007 It was quite sad to watch he could have been up in the top 4 or 5 with loris battling for the win after that marvelous start if they had given him and loris the engine imo Come on Suzuki step it up and give these riders what they deserve and need to win!

Racer 34 - Unregistered

June 01, 2009 10:46 PM

The crazy thing is that the Suzuki is in the exact same position it was in , in 07 when Hopper put it 4th in the championship with 90 percent top 5 finishes ! Hopper was an absolute idiot for leaving them cause he would still be there at the front end of the field ! It would be in Suzuki's best interest to employ Hopper next year ! He is only 26 with over 10 years of world class experience ! Go Hopper ! Everyone in the GP Paddock misses you !!!!!!!!!

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