Capirossi Ruled Out Of Aragon MotoGP Round

The MotoGP field will once again be down to just 16 riders at Aragon. Rizla Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi has announced that he will not be taking part in the 13th MotoGP round of the season at the brand new Motorland Aragon track due to the slower than hoped recovery from finger surgery. Capirossi suffered the injury in a second-corner incident with Nicky Hayden at Misano, the Rizla Suzuki rider flicking his bike right only to find the Marlboro Ducati of Hayden in the middle of the line he had hoped to take. Capirossi suffered tendon damage to his right-hand little finger in the crash, which was reattached on the Monday after the Misano race. Although Capirossi is healing well, the doctors ruled that he would not be fit in time for Sunday's race, and it would be better to miss the Aragon round and hope to be fully healed for the Motegi round of MotoGP on October 3rd.

The full text of the Suzuki press release, containing details of Capirossi's surgery and decision to skip Aragon, is shown below:

Bautista goes it alone as Capirossi is ruled out

Rizla Suzuki will have a solo representative at this weekend's Motorland Aragón Grand Prix in Spain with Álvaro Bautista flying the flag after Loris Capirossi was ruled out with a hand injury.

Bautista will be competing in his third 'home' GP of the season after the Aragón round was included in the 2010 calendar as a replacement for the cancelled Hungarian race. The 25-year-old Spaniard is based near Madrid and will have plenty of native support from his countrymen, as he plans to build on his two promising performances in the last two races.

Capirossi has been forced to miss the race due to the injury sustained in the first lap collision with Nicky Hayden in Misano. The surgery to re-attach the tendon to his right-hand little finger is healing well but, on the advice of his surgeon, he must keep it immobilised for at least another week in order to avoid damaging the repair.

Aragón is a brand new venue on the MotoGP schedule and the riders will be given an extra session to acclimatise themselves with the 5,078m track, as the Friday morning free practice is re-introduced into the timetable. The Motorland Aragón circuit is situated near Alcaniz, approximately 120kms from Zaragoza. The track was built in 2009 and features seven right-hand and 10 left-hand corners over its anti-clockwise layout. The longest straight is just under a kilometre in length and with a selection of flowing curves, tight hairpins and fast sweeping bends the circuit looks like providing plenty of entertainment.

Rizla Suzuki will take to the track on Friday morning for a free practice session, followed by further practice in the afternoon and on Saturday morning. Bautista will battle it out on Saturday afternoon in the qualifying session to secure his grid position for the race. Sunday's main event will cover 23 laps and gets underway at 14.00hrs local time (12.00hrs GMT).

Álvaro Bautista: "I am really excited about this race as it is a new circuit for everyone and we are all starting from the same place. It will be good to have an extra practice on the Friday so we can get the bike set-up and start to learn the track as soon as possible. We went there earlier in the year for a PR event and rode some street bikes around the circuit; it is a great facility and one that I am looking forward to racing at. It is a shame for Loris that he won't be here and it puts more responsibility on me as I'm the only Rizla Suzuki rider, but I am determined to get a good result for the whole team in front of another home crowd for me."

Loris Capirossi: "I am extremely disappointed not to be racing at Aragón, but the surgeon has told me to rest the hand for another week. I am still feeling a bit of pain and I'm going to the hospital every day to have the wound cleaned and dressed, so although I could possibly be able to ride I wouldn't be fit enough and it might jeopardise my attendance and competitiveness at Motegi if I did – so it's best to stay at home. I wish Álvaro all the best for the weekend and hope that he gets a good result for us - we certainly need one. I'll be back for the trio of races next month and will be looking to get some good results at circuits where I know we can go well."

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I think it was the other way around with Hayden moving right and into Capirossi. But the replay looks like both of them were still on the left edge and Hayden just went into the Suzuki's back wheel.

I fully understand Capirex' issue and accept that he with the best of intentions cannot race.All the best to Alvaro.Man,he must be wishing he'd taken the Aspar offer rather than the factory option. The whole Suzuki effort sucks, all the way from Supersport to Superbike to GP to the factory effort.
Really hope there are no issues at turn one come Sunday.
Bautista merits better in my book. And Loris,well,hey mate,give the young turks a break....CapiTrex,trolling around,like he will be at Pramac next year.
Pernat can't bestow a GP title upon you and in my eyes the fickle finger of fate robbed you of it in 2006.

Is Hayden going to take back the nasty things he said about DeAngelis last year now?

I think you're correct. Nicky was just getting angry.

As I guy who has limped into work too many painful times, I'm having problems accepting LC missing this race. Did not Troy Bayliss just as soon have his pinky amputated before miss the next race? It really is a useless digit ('cept for stickin in yer ear) and I don't know what LC makes per but I do know it's enough for me to tell the doc chop chop.

That is the most idiotic logic ever. Why? Well LC is sitting in 15th place in the standings right now. What would he possibly gain by having his little finger cut off? O maybe he could score a top ten...maybe on a good day. He's getting paid regardless so why lose a digit when you're already getting paid and doing not much more than bringing up the rear of the grid race after race.

With RDP and Rossi coming back after a handful of races, Capirossi's finger seems kinda silly.. heh. Old guys heal slower maybe.


Old guys are far wiser than young hot heads. Loris realizes that the Suzuki is a heap of xxxx, and by missing this weekend, that's one less time he will have to ride the bike.

I suspect that Bayliss was a bit closer to the pointy end of the field when his finger got injured, so a lost race meant a bit more to him.

I think gearsau ^ has the real interpretation.

When riders are coming out with barely healed bones, shoulders that need surgery, vomiting after races, Mick Doohan returning still looking near death, how can you think that the Docs could hold Capirex back if he really *wanted* to race, over a little finger?

So I am not so sure.

Sure the Suzi is behind in development but it hasn't been helped by the DNF nature of it's main riders over the past years. Hopper was continually injured. I haven't counted but how many healthy racer/races has the team had this year? Bautista has been hurt a lot. Capper has wiped out. It's hard to catch up from the pits.

For an interesting perspective on Suzuki's history, I suggest you listen to Dean Adam's excellent interview with Kenny Roberts Jr on Superbikeplanet's podcast, Soupkast. It explains an awful lot. You can download the MP3 file here

Even though they have been allowed 3 extra engines, taking a race off may still be necessary for him to start from the grid at Valencia.  Getting medical to sign off to that effect, may just have been a formality.  I wouldn't risk permanent damage or needing extensive off-season surgery just for one race at the back of the pack, either...  ;-)

I have respect for world champs but that doesn't mean I have to like them. Kjr was sandbagging IMO in his latter Suzuki years. Sorry, but that memory sort of taints the information I gleaned from the tape and believe me I listened through it all trying to change my mind. His recollection of talking to Capirossi @ Indy is a tell all about attitude. He is better out of the sport looking after the kiddies and we are better off that he is. I have tons of respect for riders that try to win and fail but no respect for a cruiser of any kind. 95% of the MotoGP field is on inferior equipment to Valentino but do they just stop trying? Answer, no, they don't. I seem to recall CV offering to ride for free.

The current MotoGP Bridgestone tires are fantastic and crash control is still all in the right hand don't you know. Sure, the younger guys are willing to risk more. Newsflash, when you figure that out you are an old guy and it's time to step aside, not cruise and complain that the series isn't coming to you.