Rizla Suzuki head to round four of the MotoGP World Championship raring to pick up their pace. The scene of a first -and to date only- victory for the current team structure courtesy of Chris Vermeulen in 2007, Le Mans is being cited by the team as a chance to get back to stronger results and begin the 2009 season in earnest.
Chris Vermeulen Speaks…
"I am really looking forward to going back to Le Mans as it holds some great memories for me and has a special place in my heart. I managed a fifth there last year and I will certainly be looking to better that this time out," says Vermeulen, who finished tenth last time out at Jerez.
"We have had a tough start to the season and the results have certainly not gone our way for one reason or another, but we need to learn from what has happened and make sure we come out stronger through the rest of the season – starting with Le Mans this weekend!"
Sharing a sense of underachievement from the opening races, Loris Capirossi is hoping that a return to hour-long sessions can bring him back up the order.
Loris Capirossi Speaks…
"I have said before that I have been disappointed with the results so far this season and I want to be able to show just what the GSV-R and the whole team are capable of," explains the Italian. "We now have a bit longer to work on the bike with the increased practice sessions and hopefully we can iron-out the few things that we need to make us more competitive. I know that we can be closer to the front and challenging the top guys, we just seem to need that bit of luck and things to go our way for a change!"