Cudlin to replace Capirossi at Motegi
28 September 2011 – Damian Cudlin will substitute for the injured Loris Capirossi at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, with the Australian set to make his series debut following title success in the IDM German Supersport championship last year. The 26-year-old has never ridden MotoGP machinery before, insisting that expectations must remain low as a result.
"It's hard to put into words what this opportunity means to me," said Cudlin. "I've dreamed about starting in MotoGP since I was a boy, and until now it's been just that- a dream. Now it's become a reality and to be honest, I'm still in shock! I'm under no illusions about how difficult this race will be.
“I've never ridden a real MotoGP bike before and I've never been to Motegi either, so realistically my expectations can't be too high. I just want to do the best job I can, enjoy the experience, and just see what happens. I've really got nothing to lose, so why not? I don't know what I've done to deserve this.
"I still can't believe I'll be replacing Loris Capirossi - I had posters of him on my wall as a kid! I just want to thank Sito Pons for recommending me, Pramac Racing for giving me a chance, and also my current BMW Team for allowing me to use this opportunity. I hope I can make everyone proud that they took a chance with a guy like me."