News 30 Jun 2011

Capirossi's injuries worse than expected, now ruled out of Mugello

Loris Capirossi has been ruled out of his home grand prix at Mugello this weekend.

Loris Capirossi has been ruled out of his home grand prix at Mugello this weekend.

Veteran Italian Loris Capirossi has been forced out of this weekend’s Mugello round of the MotoGP World Championship with a series of injuries suffered at Assen last weekend.

It’s been confirmed that Capirossi has fractured two ribs and injured the AC joint in his shoulder, forcing him out of his all-important home GP.

“I’m obviously very disappointed and angry,” Capirossi said. “I was hoping I could do to get on track for this race, but the double fracture of the ninth and tenth ribs and distorting the AC joint injury forced me to raise the white flag for the first time in my career for Mugello.

“I’m sorry for the many fans who will be at Mugello, the track to which they are emotionally closest. I have many fond memories of this track, I wanted to turn my season in this circuit.

“Now I will have to rest, sit still for at least two weeks and try to get back on track as soon as possible.”

Fabiano Sterlacchini, Pramac Racing technical director
, was also unhappy that Capirossi has been forced out.

“The doctors we have in a sense illusory, because after visiting the hospital in Assen seemed that things were not so serious,” he said. “In recent investigations have however found two fractures pretty serious one, above all, that would put at serious risk health of the rider if he decides to get on track.

“There is, in fact, the risk that the bone can come into contact with the organs and cause serious damage to Loris, for all these reasons we decided to forfeit the match. Unfortunately, Loris this was the most important race of the season.”

Pramac Racing will only field Frenchman Randy de Puniet for the weekend’s proceedings at Mugello.