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Capirossi determined to fight back after French frustration

Capirossi determined to fight back after French frustration

The Italian is focused on continuing the good feeling he developed on his Rizla Suzuki bike during the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France weekend, where an unlucky crash meant he failed to finish the race.

Loris Capirossi left Le Mans disappointed after a weekend which proved to be a tough one for the Rizla Suzuki team. The veteran rider crashed out of the race on Sunday and was the sole representative of the team, due to team-mate Álvaro Bautista’s inability to compete after his recovering shoulder became too painful to ride on following a fall in practice.

Capirossi started from ninth on the grid and was finding his rhythm when a crash on lap seven meant he was ultimately unable to continue on his GSV-R machine, despite trying to get the bike’s engine running again.

“It has again been an unlucky end to a weekend for us,” he said. “It was the best we had felt at a Grand Prix this year and we had worked very hard in practice to fix everything and we made some good, positive steps.”

He continued: “In the race I started steadily because the grip was not too good. After a couple of laps I felt a bit better and increased my rhythm and got past Colin Edwards, but in turn three I crashed. I leaned in and just lost the front, I don’t know why it happened and this is the third time I’ve crashed on the front. We will have to discover what’s causing it.”

Until that point Capirossi had been feeling comfortable on the bike throughout practice and qualifying. He is now focusing on continuing that positive development as he aims to score some valuable points in the next round at Mugello.

“During the weekend the feeling has been good and in warm-up I didn’t have any problems, but then in the race we struggled and I crashed. I am so sorry for the whole team because they all worked so hard. I am really, really upset because I feel in such good condition and we need to be getting some good results, this is no way to end the weekend, but we now must go to Mugello and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he stated.

MotoGP, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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