MotoGP »

Double Suzuki top ten in Catalunya qualifying

After a tough run of races, Rizla Suzuki put both its riders into the top ten for the first time this season during qualifying at Catalunya on Saturday.

Indeed, it had been three rounds since Suzuki saw even one rider inside the top ten in qualifying, and Loris Capirossi's seventh position is his second-best start of the season, after fifth at round one in Qatar.

“Overall the weekend has been not too bad and we have been working quite hard all day today. In this morning's session we only stopped once in the hour and we managed to understand many things on the bike," said Loris.

"We only changed one thing on the bike today and the team has done a great job to set the GSV-R up for here. I feel good with the weekend so far, but we are still missing a little something, especially in turns 9, 12 and 13. I am struggling a little bit in the fastest points, but it is enjoyable to ride the bike and I think that tomorrow we can have a good race.”

Rookie team-mate Alvaro Bautista put in his best qualifying performance of the season with ninth place, having been as high as fourth at one point.

"I tried to follow Lorenzo and I got a couple of good laps, this put me in fourth position for a while – which was good because it was the best I have been in MotoGP," said the Spaniard. "At the finish of the session I made a mistake on my last lap and lost some time, if I hadn't I might have been higher up the grid. I am happy though because this is my best qualifying position and now I want to make a good start tomorrow so I can fight with other riders for the front positions. I really want to have a good race here at my home grand prix.”

“Congratulations to all the team - and both riders - on a fine effort so far this weekend in Catalunya," said team manager Paul Denning. "It is particularly pleasing to see Álvaro back and showing the kind of form that we know he is capable of. For both of the guys to be less than a second off pole - and half-of-a-second off the front row - is a massive step from where we have been recently.

"It's going to be very difficult for all the bikes and riders in this heat tomorrow, but Loris and Álvaro are up for the challenge and whilst we're very realistic about the steps we've taken and the expectations for tomorrow, we all feel positive that the guys have the capability to put on to put on a good show.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Capirossi, Bautista, Catalunya MotoGP 2010
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Bautista, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Bautista, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Capirossi, Crutchlow, Miller, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Bautista, Pol and Aleix Espargaro, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Iannone`s Suzuki, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Bautista, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Bautista, Aleix Espargaro, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Bautista, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Bautista, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Bautista, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Abraham, Capirossi, 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.


Roadrage

July 04, 2010 6:35 AM

When I read the topic headline I was thinking (hoping) that someone had shot them and put them out of their misery. Seriously, I hate to see the depleated fields but it's well past time for Suzuki to either get serious and field competitive bikes or pull out.

sean - Unregistered

July 04, 2010 3:21 AM

"I tried to follow Lorenzo and I got a couple of good laps ..." A race is more than a couple of laps and he wont get to follow Lorenzo. Sadly Suzuki will continue to just make up the numbers.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

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