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Capirossi hoping to build on strong record at Estoril

Capirossi hoping to build on strong record at Estoril

Capirossi hoping to build on strong record at Estoril

Having already tested the Ducati Desmosedici at Estoril during the winter, Loris Capirossi arrives in Portugal this weekend with important references as he looks to continue his challenge at the front of the MotoGP pack. After the disappointment of his retirement from the race three laps from the end due to an electrical fault at Brno, the diminutive Italian is hoping to build on a positive test in the Czech Republic one day later as well as a strong reputation at this track. Capirossi holds the lap record at Estoril, having clocked 1'40.683 on his way to second place in the 500cc race in 2001, and will be hoping for another podium on Sunday with his in-form team-mate Troy Bayliss now just one point behind him in the championship.

"I like Estoril and the bike seems okay there, though I'm not so keen on the tiny chicane which is a bit awkward, but I think it's the same for everyone in MotoGP," says Capirossi. "Anyway, we have a lot of speed and that will be good for us down the two straights. We put what happened at Brno behind us. At least that race proved just how good the bike is at the moment, so Estoril shouldn't be bad for us.

"We went okay there during winter testing but the bike has changed quite a lot since then, so we will have to work carefully on set-up. We've made good progress this year, and we're now at a very good level. The new frame we received at Brno helped improve the overall balance of the bike, and the new Ohlins fork and Michelin front tyres we tried during the tests make the bike even better in direction changes and also more stable on the brakes. I think everyone can see we're moving in the right direction."

See what else Capirossi has to say about the Estoril circuit by clicking on the video link at the right of this page.

MotoGP, 2003, Loris Capirossi

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