Jorge Lorenzo wasn’t the only MotoGP rider who attended the Isle of Man TT last week – Loris Capirossi was also out in force on the famous circuit and led the Suzuki anniversary parade on a Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000. Cameron Donald was also there riding a GSV-R.
Both riders give their thoughts below on the experience.
“This place is incredible! I’ve seen the TV footage before, but nothing prepares you for the TT course. The surface is much bumpier than I imagined and when you see the speeds that these guys run at, it is simply amazing. I said before that I think these guys are crazy – and I still think that – but when you ride the circuit you realise that it’s really exciting and you know why they come here to race. I had a great time here – it’s a fantastic event that you could never replicate anywhere else in the world and I am sure I will come back again!”
“Man – that was just amazing! I thought the bike would be really difficult and twitchy to ride, but it was great. I was expecting to ride a steady lap, but it was so nice to ride that I was able to get a great rhythm going and pick up a fast pace. In fact, it was so good; I reckon we need to get some regulation changes for next year as this thing with a few more laps on it would really fly. I’m serious – with just a little more running you’d smash the lap record on this bike, it’s just so fast and stable. I hope the spectators enjoyed it as well! Thanks to all the guys at Rizla Suzuki for giving me this opportunity, I’m still buzzing!”
Loris Capirossi only has a short trip to make from the Isle of Man to this weekend’s British MotoGP at Silverstone. His team-mate Alvaro Bautista claims to be feeling stronger and both riders are keen to put in a good showing for their team’s home Grand Prix.
“I am really excited about going to Silverstone to race, because it is such a famous track and I have never raced there before. I like going to new circuits as it is always good to learn something new. It will be very fast and we expect it to be one of the quickest lap speeds of the season. We are going in a confident mood, because we think the bike will suit the circuit, so we will hopefully have a good weekend.”
“I am feeling healthier and stronger now after a few days back in Spain and I am looking forward to being more competitive in England than I was in Italy. This is a very important race because it is the team’s home Grand Prix so we want to do well there. We went to the track last month and I was really impressed with the whole facility. There will be places to overtake and it will also be very fast so it should be fun. I just hope we can put on a good show for the home fans and have a good race.”
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