Even tricky weather conditions at Donington Park couldn't transform the fortunes of Rizla Suzuki riders Loris Capirossi
and Chris Vermeulen
who, after qualifying 13th and 14h, went on to finish the race eleventh (Capirossi) and 13th (Vermeulen).
While rain master Vermeulen surprisingly ran outside the top ten throughout, Capirossi had been as high as sixth, but both suffered when they joined two other riders in pitting for a wet weather bike. The heavier rain never fully materialised and they were thus unable to reclaim the time lost in the pits.
"It has been a difficult British Grand Prix for us and there is no reason to pretend otherwise,” said team manager Paul Denning. “Today's crazy conditions gave us an opportunity to level the playing field.
“In the early laps it looked like Loris and his bike were working well and he managed to force his way up to sixth. His gamble to follow Melandri in and pit for tyres could have easily have paid off if it had rained hard, but the rain eased off almost immediately and he wasn't able to capitalise on the wet tyres.
"Chris had an extremely challenging GP and struggled to generate any feeling or confidence the whole weekend.
“We now have some significant work to do to improve the bike's sensitivity to weather and track conditions and allow the riders to get the best out of themselves,” he conceded.
Suzuki is now just ten points ahead of Kawasaki, represented only by the unofficial Hayate entry of Melandri, in the 2009 MotoGP Constructors' Championship.
Both Suzuki grand prix riders will be present during the Rizla Racing Day at Assen in the Netherlands on Sunday 9th August, when Capirossi and Vermeulen will be doing some demonstration laps on their GSV-Rs.
That will be followed by the next round of the MotoGP World Championship the following weekend, at Brno in the Czech Republic.