MotoGP heads back across the Atlantic for the second time this season, and to the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Round 11 of the championship. And for the Rizla Suzuki squad, they head to the states buoyed by their positive test in Brno following the last round.
Not only is the bike starting to look competitive, but Loris Capirossi and Ãlvaro Bautista have been competitive at the Brickyard in the past. Last year, Capirossi scored a personal best of 7th last year, while Bautista was busy claiming the final step on the podium in the 250cc class.
Capirossi is looking for more improvement this time around. “The Brno test was a lot better than the race, but the bike did feel the best it has done all year during the short time I was on-track in the race and we made some improvements on the Monday so these should be good for us when we get to Indy. I finished seventh last year and that was a big improvement on 2008 so I am determined to make another step forward this year. It is very important that we keep focussed and keep trying as hard as we can to get the results to show what we are capable of.”
As for Bautista, he has set a personal goal, and is determined to achive it. “I'm still a bit stiff from my crash at Brno, but I have rested and let the injury heal properly so I will be ready for Indianapolis. I really need to finish a whole weekend and get a full practice, qualifying and race in my account. It seems a long time since I crossed the finish line and I am positive about visiting America and making that happen. We made some steps at the Brno test, but we still need to work on those at Indianapolis – and the races that follow – to find out what the true potential of the bike is. That is something we are determined to do and to keep on learning as much as possible about all things to do with the GSV-R and how it behaves on different tracks and in varying conditions and also about myself and how I can ride it to get the best from it.”