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Capirossi reveals he will not ride a 4 stroke next season

Capirossi reveals he will not ride a 4 stroke next season

The last European round of the season is taking place in Valencia this weekend with many teams and riders deep in negotiations for the pioneering 2002 season which will see 4 stroke engines allowed into the World Championship. Discussions are rife over which riders will take control of the new breed of machinery, and one man to be linked with a possible 4 stroke ride is Loris Capirossi. Many people within the paddock had suggested a possible switch from his current West Honda Pons outfit to Italian outfit Aprilia, with whom he won the 250cc title in 1998.

However, Capirossi has quashed any possible rumours and revealed that he is committed to the West Honda Pons team for at least another season. ´I have a contract for another year with Sito Pons, the only doubt at the moment is what bike we will use. For sure we like the 2 stroke bike and not a 4 stroke, and the normal thing would be the 2001 NSR Honda like Valentino is using now.´

Capirossi revealed that he hopes to test on a 4 stroke in the near future, and is looking forward to racing one the season after next. ´I never tried the 4 stroke bike but I would like to try and get an understanding for it before 2003 when all the riders will be on a 4 stroke. I don´t know exactly what the situation is but for sure there will be a lot of confusion for everybody, the 2 stroke and 4 strokes running together will be almost like two different championships. Personally I think the 2 stroke will be quicker at first because the 4 strokes are still in development but hopefully they will be competitive and we will see some close racing.´

500cc, 2001

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