Rizla Suzuki MotoGP ready for Sachsenring’s twists and turns

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP arrives in Germany this weekend for round 10 of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, with both its riders eager to continue their recent run of good form.

John Hopkins heads to the technical German track on the back of four consecutive top-10 finishes, looking to improve on his current 10th position in the Championship table. Chris Vermeulen secured his best dry qualifying position last time out at Donington and was looking for a strong finish, until a racing incident with Colin Edwards ended his challenge. The rookie Australian will be visiting Sachsenring for the first time and is hoping to learn the tricky circuit quickly, and to challenge for a high placed finish.

Sachsenring is the shortest European track on the MotoGP calendar at only 3,671m long. Its tight and twisty nature means that outright speed is not so much a contributory factor to a good result, but smooth power delivery and correct tyre choice will be vital on this technical anti-clockwise track. Sachsenring is situated 100km from Dresden and will attract another huge crowd, with over 200,000 people expected to attend over the race weekend.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP will take to the track on Friday for two free practice sessions, followed by a further free session on Saturday morning and qualifying in the afternoon. The 30-lap betandwin.com Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland will get underway at the earlier time of 12.30hrs local time (10.30GMT) on Sunday 16th July.

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“We are heading to Sachsenring in a positive spirit and look forward to turning our recent excellent qualifying performances into good finishes. It has been great to see the Rizla Suzukis running near the front and we need to continue to work hard on maintaining tyre durability in order to improve the results further. Bridgestone are fully committed to success, and this track has been kind to them in the past, so we are optimistic. The nature of the track should also suit the GSV-R’s excellent handling characteristics.

 

“John is determined to get a good result here despite very bad memories of last year’s big crashes. We are expecting him to rise to the challenge – the best riders are fast at all the circuits and John is now firmly in that group!

“Chris has never seen Sachsenring before but hopefully he’ll gel with the track layout early on and get into a quick rhythm as soon as possible. Both riders will be working hard to do their best and put on a good show for Suzuki Deutschland and its many guests.”

 

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