SUZUKI TOPS LE MANS QUALIFYING

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Suzuki's GSX-R1000K7 dominated qualifying for the opening round of the FIM World Endurance Championship at Le Mans in France today with the Suzuki Endurance Race Team topping the time sheets. SERT No. 2 Team riders William Coste, Guillaume Deitrich and Max Neukirchner put in a time of 1:39.354 on the 4.4km Bugatti circuit beating Yamaha GMT94 (1:39.559) and Suzuki's reigning World Champions … [Read more...]

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...]

A SOLID START FOR RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP IN SPAIN

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racers John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen recorded the seventh and eighth fastest times respectively during today’s free practice sessions for the Jerez Grand Prix on Sunday. Hopkins (1’41.245, 49 laps) is still suffering from his hand injury, but put together some fast laps on his Suzuki GSV-R as he worked with his team to find the best combination of Bridgestone race … [Read more...]

BBC TV GETS RIDE ON GSV R SUZUKI

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has granted the BBC an exclusive ride on the all-new 800cc Suzuki GSV-R prototype race bike, and the outcome will be aired ahead of the Jerez Grand Prix this Sunday. BBC’s MotoGP commentator Steve Parrish has ridden Suzuki’s new 800cc machine around the 4.4km Jerez circuit. He becomes the very first person, outside of a team, to ride one of the new generation bikes, … [Read more...]

RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP TRAVEL BACK TO EUROPE

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP travels back to Europe for the second round of the 2007 MotoGP World Championship this week, looking to expand upon a strong showing in Qatar. Both John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen have been encouraged by their first round performances. Hopkins finished fourth in Doha, despite being below-strength due to injuries sustained at the same circuit in testing last month. … [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...]

WEEKEND OF MIXED FORTUNES FOR BAYLISS (DUCATI XEROX) AT THE LAUSITZRING

Lausitz (Germany), Sunday 10th September: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) had an up-and-down weekend in the tenth round of the World Superbike Championship at the Lausitzring. The championship leader, who could have clinched the title this weekend, crashed out on lap 5 of race 1 while leading and then recovered from 23rd to finish seventh as Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) took the win from Noriyuki Haga … [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...]