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Capirossi wants significant improvement after Indy frustration

Capirossi wants significant improvement after Indy frustration

Rizla Suzuki´s Loris Capirossi was glad the weekend was over after struggling in Sunday´s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Despite the experience of his record-breaking 277 previous Grand Prix outings and the adaptability he has demonstrated in riding for five different manufacturers in his remarkable nineteen-year World Championship career, Loris Capirossi never quite got going on MotoGP´s venture into the unknown at Indianapolis.

Learning this particular new track as the rain and wind lashed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway proved to be a difficult task for the veteran Italian, who seeks to claw his way up the standings in the final part of an injury-affected and unpredictable first season with Rizla Suzuki.

Qualifying thirteenth on the first ever visit to the iconic IMS circuit, Capirossi´s weekend went from bad to worse when he was pushed back to last place on the first corner as the race got underway in wet conditions on Sunday afternoon in Indiana.

The 35 year-old managed to overtake three opponents as the race progressed, but ended up outside the points in sixteenth when the red flags came out to indicate Race Direction´s decision to halt proceedings due to high winds.

Talking to afterwards, Capirossi commented, `It was a really strange weekend for me, I never found a good setting. Every five minutes the weather changed and I never had any time to work on the bike. During the warm-up the conditions were dry and then in the race it was so bad.´

`It started not too badly and then somebody kept me out on the first corner and I was last. I tried to make up some positions but the race was really bad, so I am happy that the weekend has finished.´

An end of season slump in form could see Capirossi finish outside the top twelve, whereas just an upturn in results would easily push him as high as seventh or eighth overall - such is the tight competition around him in the general classification.

Capirossi has made just one podium appearance so far this year, with his third place at Brno, compared to four overall in 2007 in the last of his five seasons with Ducati. Indeed his only win of last season came at the circuit which also happens to be the next date on the 2008 calendar and a track where he completed a remarkable hat-trick of consecutive victories last time out – Motegi.

His strong record at the Japanese venue means Capirossi will go there looking for a result to springboard his end of season form upwards, the ex-125cc and 250cc World Champion saying, `I have great memories from Motegi, I have won the last three races there, so it will be good to go there and to try to do my best again.´

Updates to the ever-evolving GSV-R800 will continue as the current campaign pans out, but Capirossi will only get his hands on Suzuki´s 2009 bike at the end of the season. He explained, `We have to work a lot, especially on the engine management, on the chassis, and we will stay on this bike until the end of the season. Then we will have the new bike as from Valencia to really start working for next year.´

Meanwhile, away from the racetrack, Suzuki have announced this week that Capirossi will be swapping two wheels for four after the MotoGP season concludes, when he takes part in the Suzuki Tempest Rally in the UK on Saturday 8th November 2008.

The event will includes 80km of tricky gravel driving in the forests and army training grounds around Aldershot in the south of England. Capirossi will be driving a Suzuki Swift `Sport Cup´ car in the last round of the British one-make rally series, with a 1.6 litre, 125PS VVT engine at his disposal - as constructed at Suzuki´s UK rally team headquarters in Milton Keynes.

MotoGP, 2008, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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