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.