Rizla Suzuki Seeks Last-Minute Comeback

After recording some quite disappointing performances so far, both Rizla Suzuki riders are seeking to get back in the game in the last two races of the 2008 season. Both Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen promise a good performance in Malaysia although none of them managed to finish among the top five in the last three races. Similar to Shinya Nakano, Loris Capirossi hopes to get the best possible bike configuration thanks to the numerous tests conducted on the Sepang circuit.

“I am quite optimistic about Sepang as I really enjoy the track there and we made some really good tests there earlier in the year. We certainly got the bike working quite well there so let's hope with all the new parts we have had this year will help when we return,” Capirossi told

However, there's a major impediment which may simply make their efforts worthless: the two straight lines which could represent an important advantage for other contenders riding more powerful bikes than the two Suzukis.

“For us it won't be too easy because there are two really long straights, but I know we will all try to do our best, but sometimes that is not enough to get a good result so we hope that all the work the factory is doing will help us and we will keep trying as hard as we can over the next two races and see what happens,” Capirossi explained.

Chris Vermeulen shares the same thoughts and hopes that the tests conducted in the past will help them get a good result in Malaysia.

“I am really looking forward to heading back to Sepang, as it's a track we have tested at and have proved that the Suzuki goes well there and let's hope that some of the test parts we tried at Phillip Island will be beneficial.”

Loris Capirossi is only tenth in the overall world championship standings with 102 points while his teammate, Chris Vermeulen, is eighth with 118 points.
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