Spanish GP: Rizla Suzuki qualifying report

Rizla Suzuki with work to do at the Jerez Grand Prix Rizla Suzuki racers Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista have a tough afternoon ahead of them at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday after a difficult qualifying session today. Capirossi and ...

Rizla Suzuki with work to do at the Jerez Grand Prix

Rizla Suzuki racers Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista have a tough afternoon ahead of them at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday after a difficult qualifying session today.

Capirossi and Bautista started promisingly in the hour-long session this afternoon and were both running in the top-10 during the first half-hour, when most riders were using the harder compound race tyre. Capirossi recorded a fastest lap of 1'40.206, just one second behind pole-setter Dani Pedrosa, but with the closeness of MotoGP qualifying, Suzuki's Italian star finds himself on the fourth row of the grid in 11th place for the race.

Bautista's fastest lap of 1'40.416 was his fastest time of the weekend and his progress throughout the day pleased him as he continues to improve his MotoGP riding technique. He will start his first home MotoGP race from 13th on the grid, but will certainly be pushing to get up amongst the pack and give all his Spanish fans something to cheer about on race-day.

Tomorrow's 27-lap race is the second round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship and with Spaniards Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo filling the first two grid positions, the huge crowd that will be trackside can expect an exciting event when the race gets underway at 14.00hrs local time (12.00GMT).

Loris Capirossi:

"I am very disappointed with today because everybody has tried so hard. We tried to find the best setting for the bike and in this afternoon's session it just didn't work like it had done this morning. I just didn't have the right feel from the front and I struggled a lot. We tried to modify things but we didn't find a solution. For tomorrow we will need to do something because we are not so far from the front guys - even with this problem - and I am sure we can be competitive. It is not the position I want on the grid, but tomorrow is another day and I will be trying really hard in the race to make things better."

Alvaro Bautista:

"I have improved on my best time here and we have done quite a good job today. This morning I tried some different settings between the two bikes and in the afternoon we chose one of the set-ups and I am sure it is the right one. With the hard tyre I did a long ride and was quite happy with my time in the mid 1'40s -- this is quite positive for me. I still have a few issues after a few laps because I am feeling that the tyre is moving too much, but we will work on that in the warm-up and see what we can do. On the softer rear tyre I tried to push to the maximum, but this is not like 250s, in 250 you can brake much later and with the MotoGP bike it is more difficult to do one fast lap, but I am learning! I am quite happy and want to have a good home race and get into a fight with a group further up the grid. I t is very important to do my best and give a good race for Suzuki, the sponsors and all my family and fans."

Paul Denning -- Team Manager:

"It's not been one of the best days today, especially for Loris who has won at Jerez before and always goes well at this circuit. The fast corners are where the time is won or lost here and he suffered from a significant lack of front grip this afternoon -- despite the bike being set up the same as this morning's session. 27 laps around here with that problem won't be much fun at all, so we are going to have to try some decent changes for the warm-up and hope that they translate to the race.

"Alvaro did a very good 14-lap run at the start of qualifying using race tyres and with a few adjustments his pace looks promising. He's bunched in a start group with the other 250 guys from last year, so keep your eyes peeled, because I think there will be fireworks on both ends of the grid tomorrow afternoon!"

-source: rizla suzuki

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Alvaro Bautista , Jorge Lorenzo , Paul Denning , Dani Pedrosa