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Capirossi: "I don't have too many more seasons in me"

Capirossi: 'I don't have too many more seasons in me'

The winner of last year's season-opening Grand Prix, Loris Capirossi heads to Qatar looking for a repeat performance of his 2006 dream start.

The winner of last year's season-opening Grand Prix, Loris Capirossi heads to Qatar looking for a repeat performance of his 2006 dream start. He lines up on the grid once again for the factory Ducati team, joined this season by last year's Qatar poleman Casey Stoner. Ahead of the Commercialbank Grand Prix Of Qatar, Capirossi emphasised the importance of 2007 to him.

"This year is so important for me because I know I don't have too many more seasons in me, maybe one, maybe two, maybe more, I'm not sure. So I am more determined than ever to do my best and the first race is very important," explained the Italian veteran. "It is great that we were able to test at Qatar only a few weeks ago. We made some good preparations during those tests with some good long runs, so I think we are ready to fight for the podium at this race. The track is okay for our style of bike and tyres. The big thing you really need for this race is good feeling from the front tyre, so we've had to work very hard on that for Qatar. You also need good agility for all the direction changes - and the GP7 is more agile than last year's GP6". Stoner had one of the best performances of his maiden season at Losail, starting from the front of the grid and finishing fifth despite battling with illness. The Australian is confident that he can do even better this year on the 800cc.

"I couldn't be happier with the team, everyone gets on great and the bike has got better and better at every track we've been to. It's looking very competitive and the tyres are looking great as well. The tests we did at Qatar last month were very positive, so I'm feeling quite confident going into this race. I've had some good races in the past there, so it could be good for us. We were okay with tyres in the test, we ran a good race pace. The only thing with Qatar is the track surface, it can be pretty changeable, one day the track is fast, the next day it can be slow. It's not the most exciting track, it's very flat, with not enough camber on the corners, and most of it is average corners flowing together. It can be good for racing though, you normally get a nice little battle up front".

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MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Loris Capirossi

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