"I am really looking forward to racing a Suzuki in Italy for the first time, it is a big moment for me and I know that there will be many fans there," smiled Loris, a best of fifth so far this year. "The bike is getting better all the time, but still we must make improvements. I love Mugello and hopefully we can make big steps there and give the Italians and Suzuki fans something to cheer about. I am very determined to do well at my home grand prix and will be doing all I can to make it happen!"
Fellow Rizla Suzuki rider Chris Vermulen will be in Italy for the third time in his younf career and will be aiming to improve on his showing last season, when he started well in a wet qualifying day and finished in eighth position when the track dried up.
"We made some important steps at Le Mans both in the race and the test afterwards that put us in a much better position for Mugello," revealed the Australian, so far the only rider to have won a race with the GSV-R. "The potential we showed in France was a boost for the whole team but we still have quite a bit of work to do to bridge the gap to the front guys.
"Mugello is quite a tough track to ride at the maximum level, but I got the hang of it in the race last year and I'm sure having Loris in the team with his 'home' advantage will be a big help!" he added.