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Has Suzuki Pulled Their Head Out?

After a disasterous South African Grand Prix, where KRJR described the Suzuki as "unrideable," it seems that Suzuki have gotten something right at Jerez. At the end of this morning's free practice session, KRJR topped the timesheets PRACTICE TIMES with a time of 1 42.635, with Hopper in 6th.

KRJR was not able to match this time in the first qualifying session, but still, his 6th spot, between Troy Bayliss and Carlos Checa, is a huge improvement over the recent results.

Suzuki say that they have made no changes, other than the setup.

For full set of times for the first qualifying session, Click Here

Until almost the end of the qualifying session, Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi had the first and second slots, but a last minute effort by Sete Gibernau, Ukawa and Rossi pushed them back.

Colin Edwards slipped from 9th fastest in the practice session to 19th (ahead on only the Kawasakis) in the qualifying session. The Aprilia was having problems with the ignition box, which they apparently only got sorted out at the end of the session, too late for a fast qualifying time.

Colin and Barros are still in pain from earlier injuries (Colin from his start-line fiasco at South Africa and Alex from is practice crash at Suzuka) and Marco Melandri is back on a bike for the first time since his practice crash at Suzuka. None of these riders are expected to be at their full potential this weekend.
 
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