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Poor qualifying for Suzuki.

Rizla Suzuki is in the midst of its second frustrating event in the space of a week, with Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi qualifying just 13th and 14th for Sunday's British Grand Prix at Donington Park.

Last Sunday, the pair finished 11th (Capirossi) and 13th (Vermeulen) in the Germany Grand Prix, results that are particularly hard to fathom since both Sachsenring and Donington Park are without the long straights on which the relatively underpowered GSV-R traditionally suffers.

"The issues we suffered from at Sachsenring last weekend have unfortunately transferred over to this weekend and we have been unable to give either rider a package to enable them to push to their maximum level,” admitted team manager Paul Denning.

Vermeulen put the qualifying performance down to a lack of turning agility and front end feel.

"I am really frustrated because I was looking forward to Donington as I've had some success here and the bike has worked well, but this weekend so far has been quite difficult,” he said.

“In the wet we had reasonable success, but it has been really tough for us in the dry today. We have struggled to make the bike turn how we would want it to and to keep the front end feeling and speed through the corners.”

The Australian is now hoping that race day rain can help resurrect his weekend.

“I know I don't really like the rain, but we might get lucky tomorrow and it will be wet - which would certainly help us this weekend. You never know what the weather will do at Donington so we will have to wait and see."

Capirossi, who missed last year's event due to injury, was almost lost for words.

"I don't really have a lot to say about today,” he said. “I would like to thank my crew for the fantastic job they did at lunchtime today when they changed an engine in about 25 minutes, which was great work.

“Overall the situation does not look too good, but we are here to fight as hard as we can and we will continue to do our best tomorrow, it won't be easy but we will be trying."

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July 25, 2009 8:01 PM

henry and Slammy It doesn't matter how much info they have if they aren't going to do anything with it. Suzuki for whatever reason has never had too many updates or really improved their bikes in any year. It's like they launch the bike over the winter and go on vacation until it's time to build one for the next year. It's like they dump all this money into MotoGP with a lukewarm attitude towards success. If they win or have great year it's good, if they don't, well, that's fine too.


July 26, 2009 4:15 AM

i am a cv fan but for me he will be lucky to be in motogp next year, suzuki would be the last bike to be on. maybe pramac ducati or tec3 if not back to ten kate or maybe ducati sbk. he has the talent to be in the top 5 every race but not on the suzuki .

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