Loris Capirossi Out of Australia MotoGP

Phillip Island MotoGP

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP rider Loris Capirossi has been forced to withdraw from Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix due an injury he sustained in Saturday’s qualifying practice.

Capirossi was able to walk away from a very fast crash near the end of the afternoon MotoGP qualifying session at Phillip Island, and appeared to be unhurt. But further examinations by the medical centre at the Phillip Island circuit and the Clinica Mobile diagnosed an injury to his left groin.

Capirossi hoped to be fit to ride in Sunday’s Australia MotoGP, but further investigations found a strain to the Adductor muscle at the top of his left thigh and the medical staff had no choice but to declare him unfit to ride.

He has now returned to Europe to get further treatment on the injury and plans to be fit for the Portuguese MotoGP in two-weeks’ time.

Loris Capirossi says: “I am so disappointed that I have had to withdraw from the race, I did not want to, but the doctors said that the strain would have made it difficult for me to hang on to the bike and control it for the whole race, so they had to declare me unfit.”

“It was been quite a miserable three races for me and now I need to get back home and make sure I am as fit as possible for the last two races. I still have a lot to do this season and I want to end the year as competitive as possible.”

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).