Loris Capirossi is expecting the Laguna Seca circuit to provide a tough challenge for him as he finally makes his return to racing at the United States Grand Prix. The Italian hasn't raced at the last three events due to injury but did take part in FP1 in Germany before being ruled out on medical grounds.
But Capirossi has confirmed that his is definitely returning this weekend after admitting his pain at seeing Sylvain Guintoli replacing him at the Sachsenring.
“This time I'm really returning to the track. As I said before the Sachsenring weekend, the Desmosedici is mine, and seeing another rider on it bothered me a lot. I'm not in top form, but I've worked over the past few days to be in decent physical condition. The track is very tough, which isn't ideal for my condition, but I'll give 110% to be able to finish the race. I'm expecting a very challenging weekend.”
Randy de Puniet had one of his strongest weekends of the season in Germany in which he qualified on the third row. The Frenchman faded in the race to finish 13th and he admits that the Pramac Racing squad still need to work on their race pace.
“First, I must repeat the same results I had in practice and qualifying at the Sachsenring, and there's also much work to be done regarding the race. I hope not to have the same problems as usual, although they've been improving lately. Laguna Seca is a very physical track, which could help me to get a good result. Last year, unfortunately, I skipped this round, so I'm very motivated for this weekend.”
Technical Director Fabiano Sterlacchini is hopeful the team can continue the promise shown in Germany, but acknowledges that the California circuit will provide a serious challenge.
“It's a crucial moment for Loris Capirossi. After three races as a spectator, he'll be back in his bike's saddle, though obviously not in perfect condition. Still, it seems that he has recovered enough to face this weekend with no problems. The fact remains that Laguna Seca is a very physical track, with many ascents and descents and a Corkscrew that's quite difficult. It's one of Randy De Puniet's favourite circuits, and if he doesn't have any problems, the Frenchman can get a good result.”