Suzuki believes the new-spec engine made available for this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix is 'a step in the right direction', despite Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen sitting just ninth and 13th in Friday practice.
Capirossi made many chassis modifications throughout the session to get the most from the engine, and although he suffered with a vibration problem in the latter part of the hour, is confident that he can improve dramatically on his time over the next two days.
"It has not been too bad today with the new engine we have received here from Suzuki, but we can certainly go a lot quicker,” confirmed Loris, who lapped almost two seconds slower than fastest man Jorge Lorenzo. “At the end of the session I made several changes and when I went back out I suffered with some vibration problems which we will need to look at tonight to see what has caused that. The latest engine seems good and I think it will give us a great opportunity from here until the end of the season to get some good results."
Vermeulen tested two completely different setting configurations.
"I feel fit this weekend here at Brno and I felt really comfortable on the bike today after my injuries,” began the Australian, who suffered big accidents at Laguna Seca and Sachsenring. “The team did a good job again today and we tried a lot of things, including all the tyre compounds and two very different set-ups. I am not happy with the lap-time and the position, but the potential in the bike when we put the right pieces together looks very promising. We will make those adjustments first thing tomorrow and hopefully they'll make us go a lot quicker."
"The potential of the GSV-R with the new spec engine and the updates that have been delivered to Brno is definitely a step in the right direction,” stated team manager paul Denning. “The engine performance in particular is a reasonable improvement which we hope will help us on Sunday afternoon.
“We didn't come close to realising the full potential this afternoon, with Loris suffering from a severe mid-corner vibration and Chris having to use a combination of two different settings. The gap to the front two is big, but our potential to improve a lot and get in amongst the rest of the guys is fairly clear."