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Capirossi confident after positive session

Capirossi confident after positive session

The Rizla Suzuki rider set the third fastest time in FP1 at his home GP, the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, and is optimistic he can make further improvements throughout the weekend. Team-mate Álvaro Bautista made his return to action after sitting out the race at the previous round.

Loris Capirossi ended the first practice at Mugello a happy man after setting the third quickest time of the session with a lap of 1’50.359, having tested different set-ups on two GSV-R prototypes on Friday afternoon.

The Italian rider made huge strides on his machine once he found a comfortable level and finished the 60 minutes 0.608s off the top time set by Valentino Rossi. Not even a non-consequential fall at the very end was able to dampen Capirossi’s enthusiasm, who reviewed his and his team’s work on day one.

“Apart from the crash it has been a very positive day here in Mugello!” said Capirossi, who qualified on the front row last year on his Suzuki and finished the race in fifth. “We started with two different bikes and one was very good and gave me a good feeling. Overall I am very happy with the day’s work.”

Capirossi was also unconcerned by his fall at the end of the session, adding: “I made the mistake and crashed at the end, it was my fault and I know what caused it so it is no big problem. I know we can still improve this weekend and I am confident for the race.”

Rookie team-mate Álvaro Bautista rode his first tentative laps since the crash in practice at Le Mans that ruled him out of the race. The Spaniard is still recovering from the broken collarbone sustained prior to the third round in France, and used Friday’s Mugello practice to test his pain threshold.

“I had a very hard practice because I thought I was in better condition than I am,” admitted the 25 year-old. “I feel better than I did at Le Mans, but it is still very hard to change direction and I don’t have enough strength in my left arm to ride the bike how I would like to. I am using all my body and this is making me go slower than I want.”

Bautista, who will visit the Clinica Mobile on Friday evening for some attention to his painful collarbone, outlined his aims for the GP, adding: “My target this weekend is to get more confident with the bike and to get a good feeling. I am determined to finish on Sunday, so that is my first goal.”

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

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