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Capirossi: "When a rider has talent you see it in any category"

Capirossi: "When a rider has talent you see it in any category" recently spoke with former World Champion and MotoGP™ Safety Commission member Loris Capirossi to get his perspective on the forthcoming season and on some specifics relating to safety in Grand Prix racing.

Do you think Suzuki and Aprilia will be competitive this season or in 2016?
"First, we are all very happy with the return of Suzuki and Aprilia to MotoGP, given that their participation will increase the interest in the Championship. In terms of competitiveness, in the Valencia test Suzuki already demonstrated some improvement, but both brands have to work hard to catch up with the best teams by 2016."

Among the most prominent Rookies in MotoGP this year is Jack Miller, who after finishing runner-up last season in Moto3™ goes straight into the premier class. Do you think he will be ready physically and mentally?
"Undoubtedly, this is a big step. I talked to him and it seemed to me that he is prepared mentally and has great determination. He has a strong character and I think he can go far. Also, when a rider has the talent it is something that can be seen in any category."

The 2015 season will be a transition period before the changes planned for 2016, in terms of electronics and tyres. How will the preparations take shape?
"This year we will continue working with Bridgestone, as has been done in recent seasons, but we will also start working with Michelin. The French brand has already done some testing this year and that will continue throughout the 2015 season, with the aim that they are up to the required level of the category in the Valencia test at the end of this year."

"2016 will be the year of the changes. Personally, I think the riders will have to work more to adapt to the new tyres than to the electronics. It will be a radical change, no doubt, but everyone will have the same material and I think the result will be positive for the championship."

Regarding the Safety Commission, with the arrival of Donington on the 2015 calendar replacing Silverstone for the British round, will changes be made to the layout or facilities?
"The track has changed a lot from what we knew in the past. Modifications have been made at various points, some run-offs are more spacious and one of the corners has changed. Several different jobs have been performed."

"We as the Safety Commission never stop working. We're working on all circuits to eliminate the artificial turf, which brought some problems last year. However, I believe we are moving in the right direction."

MotoGP, 2015

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