Estoril Update: Checa Confirmed At Pramac, Capirossi To Attempt To Ride

The fears that the MotoGP grid would once again be short of full strength at Estoril have been allayed, at least for the time being, with the news that Loris Capirossi is to attempt to race in Portugal, despite the pain from his fractured foot. The veteran Italian is far from healthy, with a torn adductor muscle in his leg and multiple fractures in his right foot, but Capirossi heads to Estoril hoping that he will be able to race despite his injuries. In a statement in the Rizla Suzuki press release, Capirossi said that the fractured cuboid and metatarsal in his foot should not be an issue, as he had ridden with the injured foot at Phillip Island. The bigger question mark is over the Italian's thigh muscle, which ruled him out of the race in Australia.

There also finally came confirmation from Pramac that Carlos Checa will indeed be take the place Mika Kallio for the remaining two race of the season, as reported here earlier. The Spanish veteran had already made his own unofficial announcement on Twitter, the social media website quickly becoming the bane of press chiefs everywhere, after testing the Ducati Desmosedici GP10 at Mugello. Pramac, however, waited until this week to make a formal announcement. Checa's return to MotoGP after an absence of three years is a reward for an outstanding season in World Superbikes aboard the Althea Ducati. Checa last rode the LCR Honda in 2007, before departing for WSBK.

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Speaking of filling up the grid... 

Sort of interesting that there's no word that Sterilgarda aren't interested in digging out last year's bodywork and convincing Yamaha to bring along the extra test bike as they did for Spies a year ago.

The test in Japan certainly was a good idea they didn't offer Spies last year, so I'm a little surprised they don't want to continue the process through the full weekend at Valencia.

Spies was signed by Yamaha. Crutchlow has been signed by Tech 3. Yamaha have less interest in running Crutchlow as a wildcard, and Tech 3 certainly don't have the funds to do so. He'll get to test at Valencia on Monday, along with the rest of the MotoGP riders.

I'm curious as to what inducement would tempt Loris to race considering the nature of his injuries. he's not the youngest rider and his chances of doing well next season could be affected if he is not healthy and fit at the beginning of the test season. There really isn't anything to be be salvaged this season so why do it?

As far as I can find he's supposedly riding for Pramac next year, so that takes "riding for good results in hopes of getting a ride" out of play. Maybe it's some loyalty to Suzuki for the past few years he rode for them.

as the deal with Pramac is not yet official, even if it was reported weeks ago, he wants to prove that he's not an old washed up racer plagued with injuries.
It could be one reason holding the final signature on the contract...

Yes, Capirossi is quoted as saying it's for the mechs. and the team, to show he is really trying but come on, he's shown that already and has the injuries to prove it!. From the Suzuki point-of-view they would like-as-not run just one bike at Estoril and save the money and the embarrassment of an additional poor performance by their machine. Loris has nothing to proof at this stage of the season, he should wisely concentrate on prepping for next season.