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Suzuki struggle in Valencia qualifying.

Rizla Suzuki racers Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen have a mountain to climb in Sunday's season-ending Valencia Grand Prix after cold and windy conditions left the pair just 13th and 18th in qualifying.

“This is starting to feel normal for us because when we look at the data from the bike, always, always, always when it is cold it is nearly impossible to ride it and this is true again today,” said Capirossi. “It is very cold today and the bike is not making the tyre work well and we have struggled a lot. What is most important now is that we work 100% on the 2010 bike, because finding the solutions at the moment for this bike is not very easy.”

But 2010 improvements will come too late for Vermeulen, who is switching to World Superbike after Sunday's race.

“I'm not happy to be qualifying in 18th and it has been a difficult weekend for us so far,” said the 2007 Le Mans winner, who will line-up in last place for the race. “We just can't get a good feeling from the bike in these cold temperatures and the wind seems to be upsetting the bike a lot. It is difficult to get the tyres warm and although we've improved the bike, it is nowhere near enough.”

Team manager Paul Denning absolved his riders and team of blame for the poor results.

“The result today is so disappointing and doesn't reflect at all on the efforts and hard work of the team and riders,” he said. “The trend of the bike simply not working well in colder and – in today's case – much windier conditions has continued and I have say that the bike didn't look at all pleasant to ride out there today. Suzuki has work to do to improve this situation and next week's test and the start of preparations for 2010 can't come soon enough.”

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November 07, 2009 6:25 PM

And it's painfully obvious that they have given Chris a sh1t engine so he won't beat Loris in the championship AGAIN this year. I don't believe that Chris can finish 6th last round and now is slower than Talmasci. Suzuki already is looking dumb but I guess the logic is that they would look even dumber for sacking the guy who had the most points for them 2 years in a row and keeping the other guy. But we know they're idiots.


November 07, 2009 10:12 PM

You gotta feel sorry for the race team who work their butts off weekend in weekend out only to never actually improve their standing on the grid. They must feel like taking to drink! Reading between the lines the team is poorly managed by a guy who seems to have an ego the size of a truck and seems to be really poorly funded compared to other factory teams. Do the big bosses at the factory not feel utter shame every race and can they not actually improve the bike - surely it reflects badly on all their road bikes? 'Way of Life' is not ideal when it's always losing!! :p

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