After a largely unrewarding 2009 season to date, Loris Capirossi is determined to keep Suzuki motivated heading into the final four rounds, starting this weekend at Estoril in Portugal.
Capirossi begins round 14 of 17 holding seventh in the world championship with 97 points, compared with ninth in the championship and 87 points after 13 rounds of last season.
However, Capirossi missed two races last year due to injury and took a podium finish at round twelve, something no Suzuki rider has so far achieved in 2009.
"We had a good result last time out at Misano, but we still want more,” said Loris, who was fifth in front of his home Italian fans. “The factory has been working hard recently and we have showed big improvements and we need to keep that going for the rest of the year and carry it through the winter and into 2010.
“I've had a couple of podiums at Estoril as well as a pole position start and I'd really like to add to that this weekend, we know it will be tough, but we need to believe in ourselves and try to take that next step,” he stated.
Team-mate Chris Vermeulen was sixth with 110 points after 13 rounds last year, but is only eleventh with 84 points this year. The Australian is starting his final four events as a Suzuki MotoGP rider.
"I can't wait to get back on the bike again after the short break we've had, I feel fully refreshed and totally focused on the rest of the season,” he declared. “Estoril is a tough track for us, but with the changes we've made recently I'm hoping that will point us in a new direction.
“I've had a couple of top-ten finishes there and although they are not the sort of results I would like, they have all been hard battles and I've learnt a lot more each time. I'm really looking forward to the weekend and will be doing all I can to push the bike up towards the front,” he added.