Loris Capirossi’s 200th race in the premier motorcycle racing class was over almost as soon as it had begun, when he crashed on the second corner of the first lap at the Misano MotoGP.
The veteran Suzuki rider got a good start and had made up a number of places from 11th on the grid, before Nicky Hayden on the Ducati GP10 collided with him and knocked him off his motorcycle.
The frustrated Capirossi suffered an injury to his right-hand little finger that required surgery. Both he and Hayden made arms jesters at one another after the early race crash.
Capirossi had an operation on the Monday following the San Marino MotoGP race due to an injury sustained to the little finger on his right hand the day after Sunday’s Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.
The Italian hopes to be fit in time for the next round of MotoGP racing at new Aragón race circuit in 11 days from now.
Loris Capirossi says: “I am very angry at what happened today because I was feeling very confident and the bike was good, so I thought we could have a competitive race. Now I have to have an operation and I hope I can be back for Aragon, but this is nothing compared to what happened in the other race.”