Experiencing a phenomenal season
Rizla Suzuki are experiencing a phenomenal season both as a team and with their individual riders John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen.
The factory are currently fourth in the constructors championship with the joint smallest representation
on the grid, and in the team championship they are flying high in third ahead of the likes of Repsol Honda. Just 14 points from the second placed Fiat Yamaha team, a move up to second by the end of the season is a very real possibility.
Despite a slight dip in form over the last two races, an outstanding summer run for Suzuki broke new ground for the team in the four-stroke era. Misano was the first time that the team had put two riders on the podium, and Hopkins run of three back to back rostrum finishes was also a new milestone of the MotoGP age.
Both riders have bettered their previous best points tally in a single season, and personal achievements such as Vermeulen's maiden MotoGP victory at Le Mans and Hopkins first ever World Championship podiums have placed the duo neck and neck in the standings.
The battle between the team-mates, rivals and friends for fourth place continues to heat up, with current leader Hopkins the closest to catching Dani Pedrosa in third.
With seven Suzuki podiums so far this season, the team have already scored one more podium than their combined tally of the last six years. They now head to Australia, Vermeulen's home race and one where the Suzuki scored their only rostrum finish in 2006 - courtesy of the Aussie wet specialist's run to second place in the rain at Phillip Island.
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