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Points for Suzuki duo from taxing Mugello race

Points for Suzuki duo from taxing Mugello race

Loris Capirossi took tenth place in his home GP but struggled with the set-up of his bike, whilst Álvaro Bautista continued to battle an injury as he took morale-boosting points.

Loris Capirossi evaluated a home Gran Premio d’Italia TIM which had mixed feelings for the Rizla Suzuki rider after he took tenth place in Sunday’s race. The veteran Italian was pleased to have crossed the line in a points-scoring position after DNFs in his previous two races, but a problem with the front-end of his GSV-R prevented him from pushing for a higher place.

“This race is less of a disaster that the last two because I didn’t finish them, but I am really annoyed because we just never found the best solution,” explained Capirossi. “I just never had a feeling in the front today and every time I changed direction I thought I was going to lose it. I nearly crashed a couple of times and had to go a bit slower to make sure I didn’t – I don’t want to be racing like that! The whole team works so hard to find the right solution, but unfortunately we’re not finding what we seek.”

Capirossi can feel the benefits of the evolved GSV-R but is seeking the right set-up to be able to utilise those changes effectively. He added: “The engine has improved a lot from last year, but we have something in the chassis or settings that is not working well, so we need to quickly discover what that is and fix it. Now I’m looking forward to the next race at Silverstone and we really hope to go there in better shape.”

Álvaro Bautista completed his first race after sitting out the previous round at Le Mans where his recovering collarbone was too painful to ride with. The rookie still felt the effects of his injury but gritted his teeth and accomplished his mission of finishing the race and scoring points with 14th place.

“My left arm feels like it is destroyed, but we managed to do what our target was today and that was to finish the race, so that is a small victory for us,” said the 25 year-old. “I tried to get a good rhythm that I was comfortable with and finish the race. Towards the end I got a feeling that was okay and although I felt much pain all over, I was able to get to the line and get more experience and complete more kilometres. I will now make sure I get close to full recovery for the next GP, it is the team’s home race and I want to do very well there!”

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MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Loris Capirossi, Alvaro Bautista, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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