Loris Capirossi - Photo Credit: Pramac Racing

Loris Capirossi - Photo Credit: Pramac Racing

Despite competing in his 22nd Grand Prix season, Loris Capirossi is gearing up for a new challenge this weekend as he makes his first visit to Motorland Aragon. The Italian missed last season's event through injury and is relishing the latest challenge in his storied career.

“At 38 years old, and a few races away from my retirement, it's funny to think of myself as a newcomer. It will be my first time at Aragon, as I missed last year's race. It will be interesting to get to know another track, but of course I'll be starting off with a disadvantage compared to the other riders. I'll give it my all, like always. I want to finish out my career with a smile.”

Pramac Racing teammate Randy de Puniet admits he is still smarting from the result in Misano where he finished a minute behind the leader in 14th. The Frenchman enjoyed his previous visit to Aragon though and is confident of bouncing back if his team can find the right set-up.

“I'm still a little disappointed for the misstep at Misano. After the nice race at Indy, I thought I could do it again in Italy, but something didn't go right. We must do a good job and try to immediately find the right setup for the bike at Aragon. I like the track, which is very complex and technical. I want to get a nice result.”

The Gran Premio de Aragón weekend gets underway with Free Practice 1 at 9:10am on Friday and The Checkered Flag will have full coverage throughout the weekend.