Loris Capirossi will miss next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi after dislocating his right shoulder for the second time this season. The Italian missed two races after suffering the injury at Assen and an accident in the Aragon GP has led to a recurrence.
Capirossi has revealed that the injury had the potential to end his career but after seeing a specialist, he will now be able to compete in the final three races in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia, allowing him to retire on his own terms.
“I wanted to race in Japan, one of my favourite tracks where I have achieved many good results and much satisfaction, but the doctors were more than clear. After an initial consultation in Monaco, where it was recommended I immediately undergo surgery, which would have meant three months out and the end of my career, I went to Imola to see Dr. Costa. He is used to seeing other riders in these conditions, and I thought he might have other ideas.”
“Unfortunately, he was also quite hard about it, and I was strongly advised not to take part in the Japanese race. My shoulder hurts, and it will take at least two weeks of full rest plus a week of rehabilitation. I regret this very much, but I think this is the best choice for ending my season, and my career, in the best way possible for the last three races in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia.”
Dr. Costa Claudio from Clinica Mobile believes that the risk of another serious accident is too high and has advised Capirossi to rest for the next two weeks.
“I saw Loris' fall, which was spectacular and of course very dangerous. He again suffered a dislocation of the right clavicle, which he had already dislocated in the Netherlands Grand Prix. Now if he were to have another similar accident, with the ligaments that have just healed and are therefore no longer totally healthy, it could be dangerous and not worth the risk. Strong pressure would be enough to damage his shoulder even more and thus obligate Loris to surgery and consequently the end of his career. My suggestion is that, although it is difficult, he should take a break and miss the race in Japan in order to keep the shoulder protected for two weeks by immobilizing it. After that, a week of therapy in the water and he can return to the track for the last three races.”
Pramac Racing have yet to announce whether Capirossi will be replaced in next weekend’s race.