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Rain changes fortunes for Suzuki team-mates

"Loris is devastated by the result, but he kept fighting right to the end" - Paul Denning.
A complete change in weather at Sepang produced a similarly seismic shift in race day fortunes for Rizla Suzuki riders Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi.

Vermeulen had qualified just 14th in the dry, but the renowned wet weather ace - who won his and Suzuki's only four-stroke MotoGP race in the rain at Le Mans in 2007 - was able to climb up the order to sixth in the slippery conditions.

"I got a good start, but in turn one there was a lot going on and I got pushed around a little bit, but I came out of it ok and was able to get my head down straight away,” said the Australian, who now has just one more race with the team.

“The bike worked well up until the last few laps - when the track started to dry out - and then it was very difficult through the corners, but I'm sure it wasn't easy for anyone out there.

“I think we had the speed for a top five today and my guys did a great job with the motorbike to be able to give me something competitive today when we hadn't done any wet testing here at all."

A devastated Capirossi went in the other direction, slipping from fifth on the grid - fourth after Jorge Lorenzo's penalty - to just ninth at the chequered flag.

"I don't really have a lot to say - I am just so disappointed,” confessed the Italian. “The team did such a good job this weekend and we thought we would have a good race, especially after this morning's warm-up was good as well, but then for the race it rained really hard.

“The set-up of the bike for the wet was pretty good but I struggled a lot for the first ten laps because I couldn't get any feeling from the left of the tyres. I dropped down to 13th and I then managed to overtake three or four riders and finish ninth.

“The result was not really good for this track and we weren't lucky with the conditions, but sometimes things happen like that,” he shrugged.





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bkl - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 1:32 PM

Yeah, lorenzo 4th on the best bike and vermin 6th on the worst one. Both from the back of the pack. Yeah, chris should be ashamed, for sure..

pauly73

October 26, 2009 2:54 PM

thats right chris did a great job, 2 points from 7th in championship. no matter what happenens he can go back to sbk with his head held high. just going to get worse for suzuki with yamaha/HRC/Ducati fighting between them and there bikes getting faster and faster



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