Loris Capirossi confident Suzuki can improve

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Loris Capirossi believes he can still make Suzuki a potent MotoGP force – even though a factory GSV-R hasn’t been on the podium for 13 months.

The veteran Italian, who confidently boasted he would be a consistent rostrum challenger in 2009 after an impressive pre-season, signed a new one-year deal in Indianapolis recently.

And despite Suzuki seemingly falling further behind in its quest to challenge Yamaha, Honda and Ducati, Capirossi said: “We want to find a solution to have a competitive bike again because we are missing our target for this season.

“Our target is completely different to the results we have done. I am upset about that because everybody expected a lot more. But it is difficult when you see one rider go well and the other is shit. But when I go well in Sepang, Chris (Vermeulen) is also really close to me. But when I go bad, so does he because our bike is like that and not consistent enough.

“We never find a good solution to always have a competitive bike and this is one of our big problems. When the conditions change a lot, also our bike changes a lot. Suzuki is still working really hard to improve the bike. Now we’re going to use the second part of the season to work on the development of the bike. I am here because I believe 100 per cent in Suzuki.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt