Very mixed results for the Rizla Suzuki riders for day one of the Misano MotoGP weekend. Loris Capirossi took 10th position in practice, and despite wanting to finish higher up in the timesheets he remained positive with the base setting that he started with.
Alvaro Bautista found himself struggling at the bottom of the timesheets and only managed to finish in 17th position for the first practice session – at one point he was a good 6 seconds off the pace of the fastest bike on the track, Dani Pedrosa.
Both Rizla Suzuki riders give their reactions to the first MotoGP practice session at Misano below:
“It has been a long time since we have had a Friday like that. I am not happy about the position, but I am very happy with the bike today. We did a really good job with the bike and didn’t have to make too many changes from the original setting, but what we did change also seemed to work well. The base settings for the electronics was also better today, it’s not perfect and we still need to do a bit more work on it, but for now it is fine. I am happy for the whole team because it has been a much better day and we hope that we can keep this up for the whole weekend. We need decent weather on Saturday and Sunday and if we get that I am sure we can have a good weekend.”
“It has not been a good practice for me because I have had a problem entering the corner as I didn’t have a lot of rear grip and I cannot enter as quickly as I want to. I started with the harder compound rear tyre, but on the second run I used the softer option, because with the harder one it was almost impossible to get any grip. We tried to do some changes in practice, but the improvements were not that big, so we will need to work on the data for the rest of the day to find a solution to that and hope we can work it out for tomorrow.”
Stuart Shenton – Loris Capirossi’s Crew Chief:
“That was a good session for us today and we have got a lot of work done. Loris got off to a good start and that set the tone for the rest of the session. We were able to compare both bikes, and assess the two rear tyre options, and from that it looks like we have a good direction for the rest of the weekend. All-in-all it has not been a bad start to the weekend here at Misano.”
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