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Capirossi looking to future after Laguna problems

Capirossi looking to future after Laguna problems

While his Ducati team-mate Casey Stoner could not have had a better weekend at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, the Laguna Seca visit was ultimately a fruitless exercise for popular Italian rider Loris Capirossi.

While his Ducati team-mate Casey Stoner could not have had a better weekend at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, the Laguna Seca visit was ultimately a fruitless exercise for popular Italian rider Loris Capirossi.

Despite ending the third free practice session as the fourteenth quickest competitor round the Californian track, Capirossi stepped up the pace in qualifying to secure himself a sixth place start on the grid for the eleventh race of the season. But having finished second the previous week at Sachsenring the 34 year-old's luck ran out as he was forced to retire on lap three due to a technical fault.

Before the weekend Capirossi and World Champion Nicky Hayden were the only two riders on this year's MotoGP grid to have won at Laguna – the Italian took 250cc victory there in 1993 – but neither of that pair were able to finish the race on this occasion.

Following Sunday's announcement that Marco Melandri is to join Ducati as of next season, Capirossi will be negotiating with his current team over the possibility of them providing a third team bike for 2008 and he has his mind fully focussed on the future as the summer break arrives.

Capirossi told motogp.com: "It was a strange race, I had a problem with the gear box and the bike was stuck in second gear and wouldn't change. I had to stop and I'm really upset about that because the team were working well all weekend. In the morning warm up I was really quick."

"I saw the race by television today and Casey (Stoner) and Chris (Vermeulen) were both really quick but everyone else was just doing the same lap times as me. But anyway, it's finished and we have to start thinking about the second part of the season."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Loris Capirossi

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