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GP Week : Issue 124
Capirossi come-back to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK THE oldest rider on the MotoGP grid, triple World Champion Loris Capirossi, is planning a heroic come-back at next weekend’s German GP, three weeks after dislocating his shoulder and breaking ribs in a crash in qualifying for the Dutch TT. The 38-year-old Italian was struck by his Pramac Ducati, and the injuries were thought severe enough to rule him out of at least the next two races, and French former MotoGP rider Sylvain Guintoli was brought in to take his place. But, even as Guintoli tested at Mugello, Capirossi decided that he could not bear to miss any opportunity to race his MotoGP bike in what is likely to be his last year of competition. “"I feel better, but my physical condition is still not acceptable,” he said. But he believed that daily physical therapy sessions at home in Monaco would have him ready to ride at the Sachsenring. “I already missed two races, with Mugello the most important for me. I want to ride my bike as soon as possible,” he said. HIGH SIDES n Race director Paul Butler has told Dani Pedrosa to “move on” from the Le Mans incident that left him injured and his title hopes in tatters. Pedrosa, still recuperating after missing two more races, chose his Mugello return to deride Simoncelli’s ride-through penalty as totally inadequate punishment, but his complaints to officials fell on deaf ears. n Grand Prix riders’ honour was satisfied at the World Superbike round at Brno, where rostrums in both races were filled with the same ex-MotoGP trio. Marco Melandri won the first race, Max Biaggi the second, with Carlos Checa joining them each time. Superbike riders had not taken kindly to remarks in GPWEEK by ex- companion Cal Crutchlow about the generally lower standards of riding. n The only Indian rider in bike GP racing has been “retired” for the rest of the season by his Team WTR-Ten10 125 squad. Sarath Kumar’s place has been taken for the past two races by Norway’s Sturla Fagerhaug. Now Fagerhaug will stay, to allow Kumar the chance for full recovery from injuries. n Nicky Hayden is having second thoughts about racing the Ducati GP11.1 at his home GP, after Rossi found no significant benefit at Assen or Mugello. The 11.1 is next year’s bike with the engine shrunk; Hayden has the “Step Two” chassis introduced at Le Mans, but wanted the 11.1 for Laguna Seca. “Going to my home race on a bike I’ve never ridden before and doesn’t seem clearly better – I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do,” he said. n While Yamaha struggles after a reported engine failure prevented their 1000cc prototype from making its debut at post-Mugello tests, Honda is readying the Mk2 version for post-Brno tests in mid-August. The second version will have engine modifications and a new chassis/ swing-arm combination for Stoner and Pedrosa to test. Veteran ousts replacement Guintoli 16