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Capirossi hoping for better luck at Motegi

Capirossi hoping for better luck at Motegi

Capirossi hoping for better luck at Motegi

Loris Capirossi may only have finished seventh at Estoril last weekend but his ride was one of the most impressive of the day, taking the holeshot from eleventh of the grid only to get knocked off the track by Max Biaggi on lap one, returning in 20th place and fighting all the way up to seventh.

The Ducati Marlboro team rider is hoping for better luck next weekend at Motegi, a circuit where he made history two years ago with the last ever podium for a 500cc two-stroke.

"I like Motegi very much," says Capirossi. "The track isn't particularly technical - just full throttle, brake, full throttle, brake. And all the hairpins make it very difficult for a rider to make a real difference over his rivals. But some sections are quite enjoyable.

"My favourite is under the bridge and then through the fast series of curves. I think the most important aspect of bike set-up is braking stability for all the hairpins.

"The bike gets better and better, so my current aim is to keep making progress, going for the best championship position and working to make sure we have an even better bike for next season."

MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Loris Capirossi

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