An 'excited' Loris Capirossi is hoping he can end Suzuki's 18 race podium drought with a rostrum return in front of his home fans at Misano this weekend.
A best of fifth so far this year and seventh at Misano last year, the Italian veteran has been buoyed by the recent introduction of a new chassis and engine for his GSV-R.
"I am really excited about going to Italy for my home GP,” said Loris, confirmed at Suzuki for 2010. “Misano is a beautiful place and I really like the circuit. I will have many friends and family there and for sure the Italian fans will certainly be giving me a lot of support.
“I have been fifth and seventh here in the last two years and would love to get on the podium this time - especially because it is in Italy - and will certainly be trying as hard as I can to achieve that.
“We made big steps with the chassis at Indianapolis and will have a good start point on Friday, we don't know the full potential of it yet, but we will certainly be trying to find out in Misano,” he declared.
Team-mate Chris Vermeulen, whose place at Suzuki will be taken by Alvaro Bautista next season, also has high expectations for the forthcoming race.
The Australian, also a best of fifth this year, was second at Misano two years ago and produced an impressive result last season: After nearly high-siding early on and damaging his bike, he pushed his way through the field to take fifth place.
"I am looking forward to going to Misano as it is a track I enjoy a lot; also it has been really warm there recently so it will be good to get back to the hot weather,” said Chris. “I was fast there last year, apart from a small mishap on the first lap and I was on the podium two years ago so it holds some good memories for me.
“It is a track that has suited the Suzuki well in the past and we have good experience with the bikes there, I am sure we're going to roll the bikes out of the box with a good set-up on Friday and push for a front-running position all weekend."
Capirossi and Vermeulen currently hold eighth and tenth in the world championship standings. Suzuki is the only MotoGP manufacturer without a podium finish this year.