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Capirossi striving to be nearer front

Capirossi striving to be nearer front

The Rizla Suzuki rider finished ninth in Qatar in his 300th Grand Prix start, and is aiming to take his GSV-R onto another level.

Loris Capirossi’s 300th Grand Prix start in Qatar ended with a hard-fought ninth place, as he got his 2010 World Championship campaign off to a points-scoring start on board the GSV-R of the Rizla Suzuki team.

Commencing his 21st season in Grand Prix racing – his 13th in the premier class – the Italian started from the second row of the grid, and after a long battle with Colin Edwards eventually placed inside the top ten.

It was not the result Capirossi wanted however, and he expected more after qualifying in fifth. The veteran said after the race: “I am a bit upset about the result because we thought we would do better than that. We have worked hard all weekend, but we struggled with the conditions today (Sunday), because it was so different to yesterday with a lot more humidity tonight.”

Capirossi, who sported a number 300 on his special livery in honour of his career milestone, continued: “I struggled in the third section of the track and was not very fast there, but in other sections I was quite strong. My rhythm was not too good and in the end I was just trying to defend my position.”

The 37 year-old is aiming for much higher finishes as the season progresses, especially after all the hard work that has gone into making the GSV-R prototype more competitive than last season.

”We don’t need results like this; we need to be nearer the front, especially for all the effort that everybody is putting in. It was not easy, but we need to keep working hard and feeling well,” he concluded.

Rizla Suzuki Team Manager Paul Denning evaluated the results and believes Capirossi will make strides over the forthcoming rounds.

“The Qatar Grand Prix has never been particularly kind to Suzuki and today was not really a lot different!” said Denning. “Loris rode as hard as ever in his 300th Grand Prix, but did not have the confidence to push the bike especially hard in the fast corners. He felt that his pace was terrible, but in fact over race distance it averaged out at less than a second a lap from the winner. So I am sure we can make significant improvements over the next couple of races and see Loris a lot closer to the sharp end.”

MotoGP, 2010, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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