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Rossi and Capirossi struck down by illness

Rossi and Capirossi struck down by illness

Rossi and Capirossi struck down by illness

Yamaha and Ducati both saw their testing programmes suffer a setback on Saturday as Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi were struck down by illness.

Rossi cut his day short on Friday after complaining of a fever and failed to complete a single lap today after being diagnosed with a throat virus, whilst Capirossi joined his fellow Italian back at the hotel after suffering from a flu bug after completing just ten laps this morning.

"Yesterday Valentino felt weak at the end of the afternoon and this morning he felt worse," explained Gauloises Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio. "We called a doctor to visit him and he found that Valentino has a throat virus.

"We decided together that it was better to keep resting and lose only one day, instead of pushing and trying to continue with uncertain results. We will see how he feels tomorrow and decide whether we will be able to test or not."

The heat and humidity of Malaysia did not do any favours to Capirossi, who set an encouraging best time of 2'02.291 despite suffering from high temperatures and feverish symptoms.

"It just wasn't my day today," he explained. "Considering my condition, I actually lapped quite well, but I had quite a high temperature and it prevented me from being able to test. It was better to rest today and try to recover for tomorrow."

MotoGP, 2005, Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi

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