Capirossi to miss Japanese Grand Prix
22 September 2011 – The Pramac Racing Team has confirmed that Loris Capirossi will be sitting out of next weekend’s Japanese MotoGP as he recovers from the dislocated right should he sustained in Aragón on Sunday. Having previously injured the same shoulder at Assen, the nine-time race winner will rest before returning for his final trio of races.
“I saw Loris’ fall, which was spectacular and of course very dangerous,” explains Dr. Costa Claudio of Clinica Mobile. “He again suffered a dislocation of the right clavicle, which he had already dislocated in the Netherlands Grand Prix.
“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.”
“I wanted to race in Japan, one of my favourite tracks (Motegi) where I have achieved many good results and much satisfaction, but the doctors were more than clear,” adds the Italian rider.
“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.”