Suzuki test washed out

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Chris Vermeulen’s Thursday (Nov 10) test with Suzuki’s MotoGP team had to be abandoned on as strong winds swept rain showers across an increasingly slippery Valencia circuit.

He and John Hopkins had to sit it out. Even when the rain stopped it remained too slippery for Hopkins to continue his Ohlins suspension test. Vermeulen managed a short test on Bridgestone’s wet weather tyres to get himself acquainted with their feel.

Team Suzuki MotoGP has one final test in 2005 – at Sepang in Malaysia later this month.

Then the team and factory have a gruelling winter schedule of developing and designing more new parts for the prototype Suzuki GSV-R race bike, before Hopkins and Vermeulen return to track action – again at a Sepang test – in January.

The provisional date for the start of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship is Sunday March 26 at Jerez in Spain.

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By MCN Staff