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Capirossi not angry with Elías and looking for Laguna improvement

Capirossi not angry with Elías and looking for Laguna improvement

Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi holds no grudge with Toni Elías over their Assen incident and like his team-mate Chris Vermeulen is hoping for good things in California.

Loris Capirossi’s 2009 results took a slight dip at the Alice TT Assen on Saturday when a late clash with Toni Elías saw them both run off track and eventually resulted in a ninth place finish for the Suzuki man.

Capirossi had in fact crossed the line tenth, at the back of a group of five riders fighting for sixth place, but Elías was adjudged to have been at fault for the incident and was given a 20 second penalty dropping him from eighth to 12th, whilst Capirossi moved back up a place.

Talking to immediately after the race, however, the experienced Capirossi was harboring no hard feelings and stated, “In racing sometimes things happen like that. Toni tried to overtake me and we both ran off the track but for me it’s not a big problem. I’m talking to Toni, he’s my friend and everything is normal. But Race Direction have looked at the rules and they state that when you do that and you keep your position like Toni did you have to be penalised. I feel sorry for him but we have these rules and they have to be followed.”

Looking ahead to this weekend’s race in the US, meanwhile, Capirossi acknowledged his 15th place last year in California and his urge to make a significant improvement this time out with the new Suzuki engine at his disposal.

The Italian stated, “I wasn’t at full strength at Laguna last year following my crash at Assen and all the changes in direction really made it a painful race for me. This year I am going there fully fit and the bike seems to be improving every time I ride it, so we are hoping to be right up amongst the front guys this weekend.”

In contrast to Capirossi, meanwhile, his Suzuki colleague Chris Vermeulen has two consecutive Laguna podiums to his name and arrives in the States on the back of his best result of 2009 so far at Assen, where he was fifth.

The Australian commented, “I’m really looking forward to Laguna Seca, it's certainly one of my favourite circuits and I've been in the top three there for the last two years, as well as on pole in 2006. I certainly want to try and repeat those performances and get the Suzuki on the podium for the first time in 2009.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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