Loris Capirossi is hoping that 'important new parts' from Suzuki for this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix - including a revised engine - will help turnaround a tough spell for the GSV-R.
Capirossi and team-mate Chris Vermeulen have finished outside the top ten at the past two events and a Suzuki rider hasn't finished on the MotoGP podium since Capirossi's third place at Brno one year ago.
“We have received some new, important, parts from Suzuki,” the Italian said on Thursday. “We have a new engine to use for the last part of the season and this for sure will help a lot. I have a lot of motivation because the last few races have not been good for us and we have to come back again in the last part of the season.
“On Monday we will have many more new parts to test,” he continued. “We are not fighting for the championship, so maybe we can test a new chassis during the race weekend. We will see. I am quite happy because Suzuki is starting to work hard to try to close the gap.”
Brno also marks the start of new engine regulations, which will limit each rider to a maximum of five engine changes during the final seven races. Such a rule means extra caution will be needed when introducing new engine parts, to avoid reliability problems.
“For sure [the new engine rule] is cutting the development in a way, but anyway we will do our best, and like I say Suzuki is coming here with a new type of engine. We will start tomorrow to use it. It is not a big problem,” said Capirossi.
Capirossi, the most experienced rider in MotoGP, is tipped to stay at Suzuki for a third season in 2010, but remained tight-lipped about his plans.
“I have decided to ride for 20 more years! Just joking,” he smiled, when asked about his future plans. “Nearly everything is clear; I just have to check some things...”
Rumours suggest that 250GP star Alvaro Bautista will ride the second GSV-R next season, meaning Vermeulen - Suzuki's only race winner of the four-stroke era - would need to find alternative employment.