Rizla Suzuki is on its way to Mugello in Italy with Loris Capirossi aiming to kick-start his season on home soil.
Capirossi has failed to finish the last two Grands Prix due to unexplainable crashes and is determined not to let that statistic hinder him as he aims for his 100th career podium. Capirossi has a good record at the 5,245m Mugello circuit and narrowly missed a podium place in last year’s race. He has started both Italian Grands Prix in his Rizla Suzuki career from the front row of the grid and is certainly hoping to keep that record intact.
Álvaro Bautista has had time to recover from his recent broken collarbone and a huge high-side crash at Le Mans that forced his withdrawal from the French Grand Prix. He has had plenty of physiotherapy on his numerous small injuries and is convinced he will be fit by the time he takes to the track for the first practice session on Friday morning. Bautista has a fantastic record at Mugello over the past four seasons in the 250cc class, with a front row start in every race – including two pole positions – and filling every podium place in that time.
Mugello is located in a beautiful area of Tuscany just north of Florence. It is one of – if not the – most scenic circuits anywhere in the world and this added to a magnificent track makes the Italian Grand Prix one of the must-see races in MotoGP. Thousands of fans will pack the hill-sides of the valley that the track runs up and down to add an amazing atmosphere to what is one of the most impressive spectacles on any sporting calendar.
Rizla Suzuki gets the weekend underway of Friday 4th June with an hour of practice, followed by a further 60-minute session on the next day. Saturday afternoon will see Capirossi and Bautista going all out in qualifying to get the best grid positions for Sunday 23-lap race. The longest race on this season’s calendar – 120.635km – gets underway at 14.00hrs local time (12.00hrs GMT) on Sunday 6th June.
“I am still very disappointed and angry about what happened at Le Mans and Jerez, but that is in the past now and we can’t change that, but we can change what will happen in the future and we’ll certainly be trying to do that. Mugello is a good place to start a strong comeback and I’ll be trying as hard as I can to get the season off the ground. It is a track I love and I know I can go well there. I have a lot of fans and friends who will all be at the track and I will be giving it everything to give them a good result, but most of all we need a good result for the guys in the crew, they have done a great job this year and the bike is much better than 2009, we now need to start getting the results to show that!”
“I am feeling a little bit better and I am getting stronger every day. I still have some bruising around my ribs, but that is starting to ease now. I am training to get myself up to fitness in time for Mugello, I think I am about 95% now, but it is that extra 5% that will be the hard bit, so I know I’ve still got a bit of work to do. Mugello is a great track and I have had some good results there and we need to start getting some points, I’ve only finished one MotoGP race and feel like I haven’t really got going yet, so let’s look to Mugello as the start of better things to come.”