Rizla Suzuki MotoGP will be in Catalunya this weekend for the first of a hectic three weekends that will see it race in Spain, Holland and Great Britain.

The first port-of-call is the Montmelo circuit near Barcelona in Spain, for the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya. This modern circuit is a great test of machinery and tyres alike, and both Suzuki and Bridgestone will be working intensely to get the best set-up for the Suzuki GSV-R. This weekend will also give Rizla Suzuki a good indication of how far the GSV-R has come since the pre-season testing, in very different conditions, in March.

John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen both performed well in those pre-season tests and will be eager to continue from where they left off. Hopkins topped the time-sheets during final day’s dry session whilst Vermeulen narrowly missed out on winning a BMW car during the Official MotoGP Test timed session – held in very wet conditions


Rizla Suzuki MotoGP will take to the Montmelo circuit on Friday for two free practice sessions. The riders will then have a further practice session on Saturday morning before Hopkins and Vermeulen will be going all out to secure the best qualifying places during the afternoon timed session. Round seven of the MotoGP World Championship will get underway at 14.00hrs local time (12.00GMT) on Sunday 18th June.


Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“We are heading to Barcelona in a positive mood following recent good performances from both riders and after the promising results from the Mugello test

“This is the first circuit in four races where Chris has been before and he doesn’t have the added responsibility of having to learn his way round, so he should be on the pace right from the start and be looking to get up amongst the action. John had a good test here earlier in the year and enjoys this circuit – he is very hungry and looking for a good result.

“The factory and the team are working as hard as they possibly can to turn the promising performances into strong results and all sponsors and fans can be assured that we will continue to make steps and aim to perform to the maximum of our potential!”



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