MotoGP »

Capirossi towards sharp-end for Suzuki

"Over one second to your team-mate is a big gap and I hope that Chris comes out tomorrow with some fire in his eyes" - Paul Denning.
Loris Capirossi put Suzuki back in MotoGP contention, after a disastrous Australian Grand Prix, by qualifying in fifth place for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Sixth in Friday practice, Capirossi slumped back to tenth on Saturday morning before running top six throughout the qualifying hour.

His fifth place on the grid - 1.198sec from pole sitter Valentino Rossi but just 0.2sec behind Casey Stoner - is Capirossi's best qualifying since Mugello in May and gives the experienced Italian a chance to fight for his 100th podium during Sunday's race.

"We struggled a lot up until this afternoon's qualifying practice, because we were always trying to find the best solution for setting-up the bike,” explained Loris. “We changed the front a little bit for this afternoon and immediately on the first run I knew the bike was really working well.

“I am quite happy with my lap-time, because it was hot this afternoon and the bike worked well. My rhythm is good around here and I think that tomorrow we have the chance to start well and make a really good race. I am happy and I want to say well done and a big thanks to all my crew, because they have done a great job today,” he added.

Team manager Paul Denning admitted Capirossi's pace was just what the team needed after being uncompetitive throughout the Phillip Island weekend.

"It is amazing how things can change in just a few short days; the mood in the camp is now obviously a fair bit lighter than it was last Sunday evening!” he said. “Loris did so well to come back from the situation last weekend and to push his - and the bike's - limits to the full today.

“Middle of the second row and 'best-of-the-rest' status puts Loris in a great position to go with the front guys tomorrow and try to secure our best result of the season tomorrow afternoon.”

But things weren't so positive on the other side of the Suzuki garage, with Chris Vermeulen only 14th fastest.

"It was a difficult and disappointing session out there this afternoon,” he confirmed. “We haven't really improved on the bike from yesterday and it was hard work today.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Capirossi, Malaysian MotoGP 2009
Rossi at 2016 Monza Rally Show (Monster)
Baldassarri, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Bagnaia, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Bagnaia, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Bagnaia, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Bagnaia, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Bagnaia, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Bagnaia, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Axel Pons, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Axel Pons, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Axel Pons, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Aegerter, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Folger, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Desh - Unregistered

October 24, 2009 1:10 PM

Chris gave Suzuki most of their podium positions and they repay him by not letting him test the Kwak superbike once the season finishes. I wouldn't blame him if he'sost a little of the 'fire'.

rf996 - Unregistered

October 24, 2009 11:41 AM

I agree with oldman, Loris can ride a bike but so can vermeulen.Suzuki have been crap in moto gp for years.Denning needs to go,they need some new direction,its a shame vermeulen is going back to the supers ,as he hasn't shown his full potential. :?



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.