It hasn’t been a great start to the 2011 MotoGP Championship for Pramac Racing Ducati riders Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet.
De Puniet had a DNF at Qatar and Jerez, and Capirossi a DNF at Qatar and 15th at Jerez. And now both riders are dealing with medical issues: the Frenchman de Puniet had a screw removed in his left knee, and the Italian Capirossi had some issues with an inflamed right shoulder.
De Puniet underwent successful surgery on Friday. During the surgery, doctors removed the screw from his left knee that was inserted after breaking his leg during a wreck in 2010 Sachsenring MotoGP.
De Puniet is now resting, hoping to be 100-percent fit for Estoril on May 1.
Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing Ducati GP11) says: “I’m fine, though now that the local anesthesia has lost its effect I feel a bit ‘of pain. One chapter closes, now without this screw I hope to improve my performance on track. In these days I hope to reach my physical condition in view of race in Estoril.”
As for Capirossi he visited a specialist after the Jerez MotoGP due to a troubled shoulder. He doesn’t need surgery, but will be undergoing intense physical training before Estoril.
Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing Ducati GP11) says: “I have to say that checkups I went trough were positive. Yesterday I had the artroscan, which showed that tendon and muscle have reported a injury. Fortunately there is nothing broken. Now I will work hard, twice a day, trying to get off the inflammation. I want to heal at all costs, for Estoril I hope to reach at least 80-85-percent of physical condition.”