Loris Capirossi expressed regret at being unable to find a optimum set-up for the front end of his Suzuki that would have allowed him to be competitive in the Italian MotoGP today, while Alvaro Bautista continued to fight through the pain barrier as his broken collar-bone injury slowly heals. Doctors told Bautista that he could race, and despite the pain, it would be a good opportunity to strengthen and exercise his shoulder and generally aid the healing process. Rather you than me Alvaro….
Despite the various issues that the riders had, this was the first race of 2010 where the Rizla Suzuki team scored points from both riders – even if it was only a handful.
Post-race interviews with Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista:
“This race is less of a disaster that the last two because I didn’t finish them, but I am really annoyed because we just never found the best solution. Today we started with a setting from warm-up but I just never had a feeling in the front and every time I changed direction I thought I was going to lose it. I nearly crashed a couple of times and had to go a bit slower to make sure I didn’t – I don’t want to be racing like that! The whole team works so hard to find the right solution, but unfortunately we’re not finding what we seek. The engine has improved a lot from last year, but we have something in the chassis or settings that is not working well, so we need to quickly discover what that is and fix it.”
Álvaro Bautista: “My left arm feels like it is destroyed, but we managed to do what our target was today and that was to finish the race, so that is a small victory for us. On the first lap I tried to ride and change direction quickly, but the first time I felt so much pain I couldn’t keep in touch with any other riders or manage to follow them. I tried to get a good rhythm that I was comfortable with and finish the race. Towards the end I got a feeling that was ok and although I felt much pain all over, I was able to get to the line and get more experience and complete more kilometres. I will now make sure I get close to full recovery for the next GP, it is the Team’s home race and I want to do very well there!”
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“Loris set the fifth quickest lap in warm-up this morning and was confident of a strong race, but, as we’ve found already this year, the feeling from the front and the amount of grip was much less in the race – in fact much less than it had been all weekend – and this is something that Suzuki and the engineers will need to get to the bottom of as soon as possible. Our target has to be more consistency in different conditions so that Loris can push as hard as he wants to and get nearer to the leading group.
“Álvaro’s two points are likely to be the hardest he’ll ever score. It was a fairly heroic effort to complete the 23-laps and the medical team all believe that putting the shoulder through that process will help the recovery. It will put him in a much stronger position for the busy schedule in June and July and he certainly has a better base to begin with at Silverstone in two weeks’ time.”
Photo: Alvaro Bautista fights through the pain barrier at Mugello
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