SUZUKI'S SPANISH TESTS RAINED OFF

2005-02-09 10:52
Press Release
February 9, 2005

Heavy rain at Valencia in Spain cut short Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra's first World Supersport and Superstock test sessions this week involving new riders Javier Fores, Xavier Simeon and World Superstock number five Riccardo Chiarello.

But, according to the team, it was a successful first meeting for the new riders, team members and unveiling of the new 2005 GSX-R600s. Fores (pictured) and Simeon lapped the circuit on the 2005 Supersport and Superstock bikes while Chiarello rode his 2004 GSX-R1000 Superstock machine.

Due to the inclement weather and also because the track was very slippery, the Suzuki squad and other factory race teams were unable to put down a great deal of laps: Formula One teams had also tested extensively at the circuit previously and had laid down a lot of rubber, which kept lap times down.

JAVIER FORES (World Supersport). Best lap 1:48:

"Yesterday, conditions were terrible and it was very hard to do any good lap times because the track was so slippery. It was hard to learn much but it was a good chance to meet all the team and begin the work this year. I don't think there was any time when the track was completely dry so we just used the test to try and find a good base set up and get some ideas. For me, the next time on the bike will be in practice at the first round so I hope that I can be competitive right from the start."

XAVIER SIMEON (Superstock 600). Best lap 1:52:

"Like Javier, I have raced many times in Spain and Valencia is one of my favourite tracks, but the conditions made it very difficult to put in some good lap times. After last week, there was a lot of rubber on the track. That would have been bad enough, but then it was wet and that made it a bit like an ice rink. Now, I'm looking forward to riding the Alstare Suzuki in good, dry conditions."

RICCARDO CHIARELLO (Superstock 1000). Best lap N/A.

"The track was very slippery and I didn't want to do anything stupid, especially as I will be getting the 2005 bike soon. Xavier and Javier are so young, that suddenly I feel a bit old now! I'm looking forward to the next time out on the bike because the conditions should be much better - and also because I shall be on the new bike."

Source: Team Suzuki Press Office

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