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Capirossi battles through the pain in Germany

Capirossi battles through the pain in Germany

Rizla Suzuki´s Loris Capirossi made his comeback from injury at Sachsenring in Germany today and fought the pain as he lapped twelfth fastest overall.

Loris Capirossi may still be suffering from the puncture wound he sustained last time out in Assen, but the courageous Italian showed little sign on the track of the injury hampering his performance, as he completed as many laps of the Sachsenring in the afternoon session as any other rider present and ended the day twelfth on the timesheet.

Chris Vermeulen, meanwhile, had a mixed couple of practice sessions. He was very satisfied with the progress he and his crew made in the morning period, but was not as pleased with how things went during the afternoon, as he concluded in fourteenth position.

Vermeulen and Capirossi unveiled a massive 20m x 10m flag in the Sachsenring pit-lane during the day. The flag has been presented to Rizla Suzuki fans and will be used by them in conjunction with Suzuki Deutschland during this weekend´s event.

The flag will be unrolled over the crowd in the Suzuki grandstand just before Sunday´s race and will be moved over the 3,000 spectators just as Vermeulen and Capirossi start the warm-up lap.

Loris Capirossi - twelfth

`First of all I want to say I´m really sorry to the whole team, because today I have had to fight with myself as well as the bike due to my condition still being not as good as it could be - but I am happy to be here and happy to be fighting to get back to fitness. The thing that I want is to have is my condition 100% because the bike is not too bad here and it is working very well around this track. The team have made a really good job and they improved the bike a lot from this morning. We have to keep working in the same way tomorrow and I am sure we can still be more competitive!´

Chris Vermeulen - fourteenth

`It has not been a good day overall even though we did make a good start this morning and the bike worked well straight out of the box. We only used one set of tyres in the morning session and the durability seemed really good while the track was cooler. This afternoon it was much warmer, but we seemed to go nowhere with the bike. We tried a few things but still went back to the same setting as we had this morning. We just couldn´t seem to make it better so we have a lot of work to do overnight to make it happen tomorrow.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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