Although Loris Capirossi expected to make a full recovery from his Misano crash before this weekend’s race at Motorland Aragon in Spain, the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP rider was ruled out.
The Italian Capirossi injured his right-hand little finger after a lap one crash with Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden. Capirossi had surgery to re-attach his tendon following the Misano Grand Prix, but under advice from his surgeon, the finger must remain immobilized for another week to properly heal.
Loris Capirossi says: “I am extremely disappointed not to be racing at Aragón, but the surgeon has told me to rest the hand for another week. I am still feeling a bit of pain and I’m going to the hospital every day to have the wound cleaned and dressed, so although I could possibly be able to ride I wouldn’t be fit enough and it might jeopardize my attendance and competitiveness at Motegi if I did – so it’s best to stay at home.”
“I wish Álvaro (Bautista) all the best for the weekend and hope that he gets a good result for us – we certainly need one. I’ll be back for the trio of races next month and will be looking to get some good results at circuits where I know we can go well.”
Capirossi’s teammate Bautista will be the sole Rizla Suzuki GSV-R pilot at the Aragon Grand Prix, which is one of four races to occur in Spain, which is Bautista’s home country. The track replaced the Hungarian Grand Prix for 2010 due to the Hungarian track not being completed in time for race action
Álvaro Bautista says: “I am really excited about this race as it is a new circuit for everyone and we are all starting from the same place. It will be good to have an extra practice on the Friday so we can get the bike set-up and start to learn the track as soon as possible. We went there earlier in the year for a PR event and rode some street bikes around the circuit; it is a great facility and one that I am looking forward to racing at.”
“It is a shame for Loris that he won’t be here and it puts more responsibility on me as I’m the only Rizla Suzuki rider, but I am determined to get a good result for the whole team in front of another home crowd for me.”