RIZLA SUZUKI ON THE PACE AT ISTANBUL PARK

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins clocked the third fastest time during today’s free practice sessions for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Turkey. Hopkins (1’55.062, 34 laps) consistently improved his times throughout the day and has identified some alterations that he and his crew will be working on overnight to make the latest 800cc GSV-R perform even better tomorrow. Chris Vermeulen … [Read more...]

CONSTRUCTIVE TEST FOR RIZLA MOTOGP

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has completed the second test of the 2007 season at Phillip Island in Australia, having accumulated large volumes of important data for the forthcoming season. Chris Vermeulen shaved nearly two seconds off his lap-times over the three days and completed his fastest ever lap of the circuit, with a 1’30.30, during his 79 laps today. The Australian star was returning to … [Read more...]

A NEW ERA FOR RIZLA SUZUKI MOTGP

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP began using its brand new 800cc MotoGP engine for the first time today and was quickly on the pace, as both racers posted times faster than their best from Sunday’s final 990cc race. John Hopkins led the way with a best of 1’33.14 from his 29 laps with team-mate Chris Vermeulen only fractionally behind, as the young Australian recorded a time of 1’33.17. The new … [Read more...]

RIZLA SUZUKI CONCLUDES TESTING IN SPAIN

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP concluded its first ever test on the new Suzuki 800cc MotoGP machine at Valencia in Spain, with yet more encouraging results.   John Hopkins, Chris Vermeulen and Factory Test Rider Nobuatsu Aoki all took to the track to put the new engine through its paces. Hopkins and Aoki also trialled the first generation of a brand new prototype chassis that next year’s bike … [Read more...]

RIZLA SUZUKI IN THE POINTS AT JAPAN

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racers Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins, plus Team Test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi all scored points in today’s Japanese Grand Prix. Vermeulen and Hopkins finished in 11th and 12th places respectively with Akiyoshi – making his Grand Prix debut – just behind them. Vermeulen was racing at Motegi for the first time and gave a solid performance on his Suzuki GSV-R, Akiyoshi … [Read more...]

RIZLA SUZUKI HEADS FOR SWELTERING SEPANG

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP gets back into action this coming weekend for round 13 of the MotoGP World Championship at Sepang in Malaysia, the first of three races in successive weekends. John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen will both be looking to get back into the groove again after a tough last race at Brno. Hopkins continued his run of top 10 finishes - that now stretches to seven successive races, his … [Read more...]

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP ready for Sachsenring’s twists and turns

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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 … [Read more...]

RIZLA SUZUKI ON THE PACE IN HOLLAND

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John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen quickly got to terms with the newly configured Assen circuit today as both riders topped the leaderboard at some point during the first day’s practice for the Dutch Grand Prix. Hopkins (P6. 1’38.659, 49 laps) and Vermeulen (P7, 1’38.720, 49 laps) both worked hard with their respective crews as they learnt the new layout of this famous track. Hopkins was … [Read more...]

HOPKINS SECURES POLE FOR RIZLA AT ASSEN

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John Hopkins roared to his first ever pole position at Assen in Holland for tomorrow’s Dutch TT, with team-mate Chris Vermeulen putting his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R on the second row. Anglo-American Hopkins (P1, 1’36.411, 29 laps) has nearly secured the top position many times before but today was his day, as he powered his Bridgestone shod Rizla Suzuki GSV-R to the head of the grid with just … [Read more...]

Double top six for Rizla Suzuki MotoGP in Catalunya battle

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racers John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen raced to fourth and sixth places respectively during today’s eventful Gran Premi Cinzano De Catalunya at Barcelona this afternoon. The race had to be re-started after a first corner crash involving six riders - including Hopkins – and when it finally got underway Loris Capirossi, Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri were unable to … [Read more...]