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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has just one more race left on this year's MotoGP calendar as it makes its way to Valencia in Spain for the season finale. John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen are locked in an individual Suzuki tussle for the honour of the team's top rider this year with just four points separating the duo. They are also involved in a three-way battle for fourth in the championship with Marco Melandri, so the weekend holds extra spice as they both go for the best positions possible.
The team has enjoyed its best ever season since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP regulations and will certainly be looking to end the year on a high before testing for 2008 begins immediately after the event.
Valencia will also see the last competitive outing of Hopkins in Suzuki colours. The Anglo-American star has been with Suzuki since 2003 and Sunday will be his 81st race for the Japanese Factory Team.
John Hopkins commented on his last race for Suzuki: "This is going to be an emotional weekend for me, but I won't let that distract me from what I've got to do. I want to finish as high as I can in the championship and be the number one Suzuki rider for this year. I want to go out on a real high and give my crew and Suzuki a big thank-you for everything they have done for me. Valencia is a special place with an amazing atmosphere and I would love to be the one who sets off the fireworks at the end of the race!"
Chris Vermeulen said: "There is still plenty to do this season and it is important for me, the team and Suzuki to finish as well as we possibly can at Valencia. I had a bit of bad luck in the race last year and ran off, when I felt I was going quite well. We got some testing after the race and it is a track I really enjoy so I am looking forward to going back there. Although this is the last race of 2007, it is also a step on the road to what we can achieve next year and we must work as hard as we can here and not just wait for the testing to start."
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
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|4 Nov '11||Bautista quickest in wet afternoon practice|
|2007 Valencian MotoGP Grand Prix|
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|4 Nov '07||Pramac d'Antin reflective after Valencia|
|4 Nov '07||Heartbreak for speechless Rossi and Yamaha|
|29 Sep '11||Hopkins returning to Suzuki for Malaysia|
|13 Aug '11||Hopkins 'devastated' after withdrawal|
|22 Jul '11||Hopkins to return to Suzuki at Brno|
|29 Mar '11||Hopkins hoping for positive comeback|
|19 May||Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Le Mans|
|19 May||Pedrosa takes second win of the season|
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|18 May||Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Le Mans|
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