2006 MotoGP Championship - Round 12 - Brno, Czech Republic - August 18/19/20 - Coverage by MCNEWS.COM.AU
Suzuki Day 1 Report
|Rizla Suzuki MotoGP will be hoping
to improve on its first day’s performance at the Czech Grand Prix in
Brno, where John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen found the going tough
as they struggled to find the best set-up for their Suzuki GSV-Rs.
Hopkins (P11, 1’59.406,) will be looking to carry on from where he left off at the end of this afternoon’s session. His times steadily improved and he was able to find a good base setting for his bike that both he and his team are sure will be the right direction for Sunday’s race. His fastest time of the day was set on his final lap and he will be hoping to do significantly better than that tomorrow.
Vermeulen (P16, 2’01.074) suffered a number of problems including damaging his front wheel when he hit a kerb early on in the morning session. The rookie Australian then encountered a vibration problem in the afternoon, which his team will be hoping to combat in time for tomorrow’s qualifying and Sunday’s race.
Today’s practice sessions were held in warm and dry conditions with air temperatures reaching 27°C. The fastest time of the day was set by reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi.
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has one further practice session tomorrow morning before the hour long qualifying in the afternoon. Sunday’s race is round 12 of the MotoGP World Championship and the lights will change to go at 14.00hrs local time (12.00hrs GMT).
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“We need to find some solutions to help the riders in a number of places but the team will be doing everything they can to improve matters in all areas. There seems to be great potential in some of the new parts that Suzuki has supplied us here at Brno – the benefits of which we probably won’t be seeing this weekend. If we can improve some of the restrictions that are affecting the riders today then we hope that we can get the evolution of the GSV-R firmly back on track for the rest of the weekend.”