Capirossi Doubtful For Estoril

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.

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Capirossi has well represented the sport, but it is time to retire and vacate a seat for an up and coming racer (Simone from Moto@???).

People clamor for Bayliss to return to action,are overjoyed at the chance of seeing Checca back on a MotoGP bike, can't wait to see Garry McCoy on a bike again and some even believe Biaggi may return to GPs with Aprila. All older than Loris Capirossi. I know the idea of watching up and coming riders struggle around the back of the pack is appealing to everyone, but that should be through more bikes rather than pushing out competitive riders because people think they've been hearing their name for too long. Why no cries of, "Just wait until he gets a chance on a Ducati again!"? Because he's been outclassed by his rookie teammate on a crap bike that can only place it's riders as not-good and not-much-better?

I hope no one who has commented here has an work evaluation coming up any time soon.