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Aoki to ride third Rizla Suzuki.

Suzuki are to give their hybrid 2009-specification machine a race debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix in the hands of test rider Nobuatsu Aoki.

This will be the fifth time this season that the Rizla team have entered a third bike alongside Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen, with experienced competitor Aoki getting the go-ahead for the penultimate round of the championship.

He will be testing a bike equipped with several parts that are due to be included on the 2009-specificastion GSV-R, with the scenario of a race weekend expected to give it an important real-world test.

“I can't wait to get to Malaysia; I'm very excited about racing at Sepang and working with Loris and Chris. This is my first race of the year and I enjoy the track as I have done hundreds of laps there in testing.

“It will be a very important weekend for me because I will be using many new parts that we hope will work well and the other guys can start to use as soon as possible.”

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zydon - Unregistered

October 13, 2008 4:01 PM

Once upon a time, Aoki finished a MotoGP premier season high with 2nd on a Honda satellite (Kanemoto?) team ride. So, he was able to match Okada (also 2nd in an earlier season in Doohan's era). Even Nakano and Tamada unable to reach the same achievement on a Honda ride. Usually, test rider will not do the regular GP pace due to developing component for the bike. But, mostly they know what the GP riders needs since they've been there, done that. If Aoki still have the pace to do regular GP pace, he would not doing the test rider works. He may be being employed by one of the MotoGP team to race for the title. Different between Honda/Yamaha and Suzuki/Kawasaki is development expenses (money).

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