Loris Capirossi is to make an unexpected early return to the MotoGP paddock, and will attempt to race at the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring in 10 days' time. The hoary Italian veteran was injured in a crash during qualifying at Assen, when he was struck by his Pramac Ducati Desmosedici after crashing in the final minutes of QP. Capirossi injured both his shoulder and his ribs in the incident.
Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli was originally scheduled to take the place of the Italian, but after ending the Monday test at Mugello 5 seconds off the pace of Casey Stoner, the fastest man at the test, the Pramac team appears to have ditched that idea and will be asking Capirossi to attempt to come back early from injury. Whether that is wise, and whether he will even be passed fit at the Sachsenring, remains to be seen. But with Capirossi back in Germany, the MotoGP grid will be back at full strength, at least numerically speaking.
Below is the official press release from Pramac:
CAPIREX SET FOR SACHSENRING RETURN
Loris Capirossi will grit his teeth for the ninth MotoGP round at Sachsenring. The MotoGP veteran is not 100% of his physical condition, but he is working hard these days to try to get the race in good condition.
Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team Rider
"I feel better, but my physical condition are still not acceptable. I'm doing daily physical therapy sessions at the medical center IM2S of Monaco. I already missed two races, that Mugello the most important for me. I want to ride my bike as soon as possible".