Spanish GP: Rizla Suzuki Friday notes

Promising first day for Rizla Suzuki MotoGP in Spain Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has made a good start to the second round of the MotoGP World Championship at Jerez in Spain, with both Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen improving on their times from...

Promising first day for Rizla Suzuki MotoGP in Spain

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has made a good start to the second round of the MotoGP World Championship at Jerez in Spain, with both Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen improving on their times from the test here last month.

Capirossi recorded the ninth fastest time on his Suzuki racing debut in Europe, with a lap of 1'41.157 during this afternoon's session. Team-mate Vermeulen's time of 1'41.303 was fractionally behind the Italian and gave Suzuki's Australia star 12th position on the timesheets.

Today's sessions were held in warm and sunny conditions with air temperatures reaching a comfortable 21ºC and the track surface heating up to 27. The fastest time of the day was set by reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo on his factory Yamaha.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has one final practice session tomorrow morning before the important hour-long qualifying session in the afternoon to decide grid positions for Sunday's 27-lap race that gets underway at 14.00hrs local time (12.00hrs GMT).

Loris Capirossi:

"It has not been too bad today! We have started the weekend quite well and we have tried some different things on the bike from what we used at the test here last month. From my side I think we are really now starting to understand what we need to do and for sure we have to improve tomorrow -- but already we are not too far from the first guy! We have to keep working in a positive way, but we need to improve the power delivery and also work hard with Bridgestone to try to give us a little more grip."

Chris Vermeulen:

"It's been a good start here today. We've changed some parts on the bike since Qatar, with some new stuff from Suzuki and also the 2007 aerodynamics. It all seems to be working quite well and it has made the bike very stable in the corners. For me it was very different riding with that bodywork on as it was the first time I'd used it in over four months. It was strange to get on at first, but it's working well and we are consistently quicker than we were at the test here. In the last run I did 29 laps on the same front tyre and it performed well, so we seem to have good durability from the race tyres. Tomorrow we will work on getting a bit more speed out of the bike and hopefully we'll be alright for the race."

Paul Denning -- Team Manager:

"The results today don't really reflect it but the second round of the championship has started a lot better for the team than the first round in Qatar. The positions the guys are in today isn't where we want to be but the gap to the front has been reduced significantly, and whilst we weren't able to produce a headline lap on fresh tyres, the pace of both guys on worn tyres was consistent which promises good things for the race.

"We've still got a lot of details to work on, but basically the bikes are working well and the riders are able to concentrate on the settings that will allow them to go fast on Sunday. Today was a decent start, but we will be looking to step it up tomorrow and get the best out of the qualifiers in readiness for Sunday's race."

-credit: suzuki-racing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Chris Vermeulen , Jorge Lorenzo , Paul Denning