Loris Capirossi is hoping for a wet Indianapolis Grand Prix this weekend after admitting he is not yet back to full fitness. The Italian suffered a painful accident at Assen and has been struggling with his shoulder ever since, and believes that a wet race will ease the stress on his body.
“It is not easy to face a contest after another in these physical conditions. I did therapy on the shoulder for a week, conditions are better compared to Brno, but are not yet in top form. During the day of testing in the Czech Republic we have got to try different things, we’ll see them in practice in Indianapolis, a circuit which I like. I hope it rains, it will be a little easier to work.”
Teammate Randy de Puniet has been making a recovery of his own but has continued to lead the Pramac squad as they look to move up the grid. The Frenchman doesn't count the Indianapolis Motor Speedway among his favourite tracks but still feels he can score some solid points.
“I needed a little rest after the Grand Prix in Brno. Now that I’m a bit better I want to try to get a good result at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. My goal is to finish the season in the best way, so it would not hurt to finish the race in the top ten. The bike has improved, I have all it takes to get a good result even if that Indy circuit is not one of my favorites”
Technical Director Fabiano Sterlacchini has commented on the challenge of the circuit in front of them this weekend, describing it as unique.
“Tests of Brno with Loris Capirossi were useful to understand how to move in the upcoming races. Now I think of Indianapolis, a track the Italian rider likes. It ‘a particular track, alternating with areas of fast winding points. It will be tough, we need a good balance with the bike in order to obtain satisfactory results. Fortunately, Randy is feeling better, the back pain is not as pronounced. He has always had difficulty at this track, but I felt he is determined and ready to achieve a good result”.