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Suzuki `pushing for a podium`.

Having seen Loris Capirossi claim third place during dry Friday practice at Brno, and team-mate Chris Vermeulen take second in the wet Saturday morning session, Rizla Suzuki team manager Paul Denning was disappointed that the pair could not qualify higher than fourth (Vermeulen) and ninth (Capirossi) during the wet qualifying session.

"The qualifying result today is a bit disappointing, I think we had the capability to have both riders a bit further up the grid - we just missed the best of the conditions to improve further," said Denning. "Also, when our guys went out at the end on new development rain tyres the performance wasn't as good as the normal Bridgestone wets which have worked superbly all day, but of course we have to try all the options!

"The good news is that the starting positions are still not so bad and that Loris received no injuries - and neither did the Suzuki GSV-R - from his crash. I think everyone wants a dry race tomorrow and if it does our performance yesterday afternoon gives us good hope for a solid result tomorrow and a chance for both riders to push for a podium," he added.

Vermeulen certainly intends to do just that, having secured a podium finish in the wet (Germany) and the dry (Laguna Seca) in the two rounds prior to Brno.

"I'm in fourth place on the grid and really happy with that and it gives me a good opportunity in whatever conditions tomorrow to get away at the front. I hope it is fine and we can have a strong race and fight for another podium," said the Australian.

Capirossi is finally back to fitness after a nasty arm injury, but gave himself a scare when he ran off track under braking at the start of the qualifying hour, forcing the Italian veteran to drop his GSV-R just before the air fence.

"At the start I was doing really well and thought I could get a good position, but I made a mistake and crashed and because of that I missed the best time on the track to go fast, before it got too wet," said Loris, who will start his record equalling 276th grand prix on Sunday. "I am on the third row which is not so bad and now I want to see what we can do in the race, because if it is wet or dry I know we can be competitive."

Capirossi has only finished outside the Brno top six once in his 17 previous visits.


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