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Capirossi ready to repeat Brno form

Capirossi ready to repeat Brno form

Capirossi ready to repeat Brno form

Loris Capirossi heads for the Zandvoort Marlboro Masters in Holland this weekend with his mind already focussed on the tenth round of the MotoGP World Championship at Brno next week. The Italian has recovered from the effects of a heavy fall in the warm-up for the race at Sachsenring two weeks ago and is confident of bouncing off the springboard of an excellent test at the Czech Republic circuit last month. Capirossi was the second fastest man behind Max Biaggi at the packed test, his time of 1'59.54 on race tyres beating last year's pole pace.

"I was only 80 per cent for the race in Germany, but I should be fine for Brno," says Capirossi, who finished fourth behind his team-mate Troy Bayliss. "I think we can have a good race there. Last month's tests went very well. We didn't really test any new parts, we just focused on trying some new Michelins and evaluating settings for this track. It's quite a difficult circuit for set-up – you need a sweet-handling machine to maintain your speed."

Capirossi has yet to win a premier-class race at Brno, but he has made several podium appearances in the 125, 250 and 500 classes there and is confident the Desmosedici will work well at the fast and flowing track. "It's difficult to say if I can win but I think our bike does suit the circuit, though it now seems to work not so bad everywhere. Overall the bike is good. Sometimes we have to work carefully to find the right set-up, and this gives us ideas for the future, so we already have plenty of ideas to improve the machine for next year."

MotoGP, 2003, Loris Capirossi

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