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GP Week : 01-Sep-2009
Suzuki: too little too soon? Suzuki has changed tactics for the rest of this year. As rider Loris Capirossi explained, with a freshly signed 2010 contract in his pocket, the factory would use the rest of this season as a test for next year. "With the testing schedule cut, we need to use the races to develop," he said, after telling how the factory had secured his signature by promising redoubled efforts. In this way the team has received a new engine which, they say, has squared the circle by combining extra power with better durability; and at Indianapolis also a revised chassis. Suzuki's problem has always stemmed from a shortage of power, Capirossi agreed. As a result riders rely more on the handling, which is a strong point, but only if the bike is set up well. And it has proved very delicate on that point: a set-up that works in the morning will be wrong again with a few degrees temperature change in the afternoon. Using the rest of the season for testing is an understandable and possibly fruitful aim -- but only if the target is correctly identified. Suzuki has done this before: using the last 990 year to work on ideas for the forthcoming 800. The new bike was good, but the other new bikes were better. Loris and new 2010 team- mate Alvaro Bautista, as well as the dogged mainly British crew will be hoping that the factory will not set the bar too low again this time. ver Moto GP INDIANAPOLIS >> 37