MotoGP: Capirossi’s Off at Misano keeps Him from Racing at Aragon

What Happens When a Little Injury Causes Problems

1:43pm EST — According to a press release from the Rizla Suzuki team, Loris Capirossi will not be competing in this weekend’s GP at Motorland Aragon, due to injuries sustained on the first lap of the race at Misano.  Apparently, “the surgery to re-attach the tendon to his right-hand little finger [that was damaged during the off] is healing well but, on the advice of his surgeon, he must keep it immobilised for at least another week in order to avoid damaging the repair.”  That leaves only Alvaro Bautista to compete for Suzuki at the new circuit, instituted to replace the scheduled round at Hungary that did not materialize.

Capirossi said in the release, “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 jeopardise my attendance and competitiveness at Motegi if I did – so it’s best to stay at home. I wish Álvaro 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.”  The first lap incident marked the third year in a row Hayden did not finish the San Marino Grand Prix, as the American slid into Capirossi in Turn 1 as the Italian came back across the track, preparing for Turn 2.  The release suggests Capirossi will be fit for the Japanese Grand Prix, a move that will also save another engine for Capirossi and Suzuki, who have been using all too many of them this season.


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