Canepa to miss season final in Valencia
3 November 2009 – He hoped until the last moment but Niccolò Canepa, Pramac Racing rider, is unable to participate in the last race of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship after the injury suffered during the Australian Grand Prix.
After surgery with the skin transplant at Melbourne hospital, the Italian rider had to miss the race in Malaysia, but after Tuesday's medical check up doctors have suggested leaving the arm at rest for a bit longer to avoid the reopening of the cut. As a consequence the Pramac Racing Team has chosen to bring on track again Aleix Espargarò..
Pramac Racing team principal Paolo Campinoti said: "We are very sad that Niccolò will not make it to race with us this last Grand Prix of the season. Last year he has done a quite good job here during the first winter test and he could have achieved a good result also in this occasion. We would like to thank him for the work done this year and we wish him the best of luck for a future rich of success whichever road he will take. He is a talented rider who has to accumulate more experience to come back at the top level.
"His place will be taken once again by Aleix Espargarò: in every race he has competed with us this season he has done quite well and we confide he will be able to do the same this weekend in Valencia."
Niccolò Canepa said: "I am very sad as I will not be able to step on track this weekend at Valencia. I really cared about competing in this last Grand Prix of the season to end it with a good result. I want to thank the Pramac Racing Team, Paolo Campinoti and Ducati Corse for this fantastic experience I have lived. Now I will have to think about getting back at the best physical conditions and go back on track whichever will be my next sport adventure."