Suzuki's 2009 Bike to Debut on Sepang

Rizla Suzuki will register a third rider for the Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend but will have a completely different goal than Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen. If both riders fight for a good performance on the Sepang circuit, that could help them increase their standings in the overall world championship table, Nobuatsu Aoki will ride Suzuki's 2009 season motorcycle, obviously with testing purposes. But even so, the Japanese rider is extremely enthusiastic about the upcoming race.

"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,” Nobuatsu Aoki told Eurosport.

According to the same source, the Japanese former rider will test the 2009-season Rizla Suzuki motorcycle, the MotoGP team intending to analyze the motorcycle behavior during a full weekend.

This is not the first time Rizla Suzuki enters a third rider to test a motorcycle as the MotoGP team had similar attempts in other Grands Prix of the 2008 season. However, the Sepang full-weekend testings handed to the experienced Nobuatsu Aoki are regarded as extremely important because the information provided by the Japanese rider can help the team configure a competitive motorcycle for the next season.

Rizla Suzuki didn't have a great season so far but both Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen hope to give a solid performance in Malaysia and Valencia as a way to save the disappointing season. Capirossi currently resides on the 10th place of the overall world championship standings with 102 points while Chris Vermeulen comes the eighth with 118 points.
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