The three flyaway races at Motegi, Sepang and Phillip Island on three consecutive weekends have taken their toll on the grid, with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa missing all three races after fracturing a collarbone at Motegi, and Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi ruled out of the Phillip Island MotoGP race due to a torn muscle suffered during qualifying, adding to a fractured foot and ankle from a crash at Sepang. Pedrosa is almost certain to rejoin the grid at Estoril in 10 days' time, but Loris Capirossi is now looking doubtful for the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Reports from Italy are saying that further injuries have been discovered in Capirossi's injured ankle. The Italian veteran underwent a medical examination on his return home to Monaco, where an MRI scan revealed a fracture in his heel as well as microfracture in the 4th metatarsal bone in his foot. Though Capirossi is said to be determined to do whatever it takes to race in Portugal, the injuries are such that racing that soon could be impossible. Capirossi will undergo another examination by the medical staff of the Estoril circuit, who will decide whether Capirossi is fit to race or not.