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Capirossi: `Watching Donington made me try harder to get to Assen´

Capirossi: `Watching Donington made me try harder to get to Assen´

Returning to action after a one round absence, Loris Capirossi explained in the MotoGP press conference how watching on at Donington was `the worst part´ of his hand injury.

Loris Capirossi may not quite be at 100% fitness upon arrival in Assen, but watching the action at last Sunday´s British Grand Prix was enough to convince the Italian to attempt a comeback at this Saturday´s race.

The Rizla Suzuki rider injured his hand in a collision with Alex de Angelis in Catalunya, and the fifth metacarpal fracture was serious enough to rule him out of playing any part in last week´s activities. Ben Spies stepped in for the Donington date and was on standby for the A-Style TT Assen, but Capirossi was not going to miss two consecutive races, whatever the pain incurred along the way.

`It´s (the right hand) getting better all the time. For me the worst moment of the injury was when I went to Donington to watch the race but not being able to ride there. It was then that I decided to try even harder to get to Assen,´ said the gutsy veteran, who made a similar odds-defying comeback from a Catalunya horror crash to compete in the 2006 A-Style TT Assen.

On American rider Spies´ creditable points scoring MotoGP debut in his absence, Capirossi was full of praise.

`Coming to Donington, riding out of America for the first time, and given two different sets of conditions with the rain; with the really high level that there is now in MotoGP, Ben did a great job,´ he concluded.

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi, Fiat Yamaha Team, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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