Loris Capirossi is one race closer to the end of his career. The veteran Italian, due to retire at the end of the season, injured his shoulder in a crash two thirds into the MotoGP race at Aragon, falling on the shoulder he had previously injured at Assen. As a result of the fall, Capirossi has been advised by his doctors to keep the shoulder immobilized, and will be forced to miss the Motegi MotoGP round. Missing a race is not something the Italian will enjoy, but Capirossi was a fervent opponent of going to Motegi, due to the nearby stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, so this is a race he was not keen on attending anyway.
Below is the press release from Pramac announcing Capirossi's withdrawal:
CAPIROSSI FORCED TO MISS THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
As always during his long career, the Italian champion of the Pramac Racing Team has tried his best, but after several consultations Loris has decided to follow the advice of doctors and will miss the Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi, which takes place in ten days, to return in the best condition possible for the last three rounds of both the 2011 MotoGP World Championship and his glorious career.
Loris Capirossi – Pramac Racing
"I wanted to race in Japan, one of my favorite tracks where I have achieved many good results and much satisfaction, but the doctors were more than clear. After an initial consultation in Monaco, where it was recommended I immediately undergo surgery, which would have meant three months out and the end of my career, I went to Imola to see Dr. Costa. He is used to seeing other riders in these conditions, and I thought he might have other ideas. Unfortunately, he was also quite hard about it, and I was strongly advised not to take part in the Japanese race. My shoulder hurts, and it will take at least two weeks of full rest plus a week of rehabilitation. I regret this very much, but I think this is the best choice for ending my season, and my career, in the best way possible for the last three races in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia."
Doctor Costa Claudio – Clinica Mobile
"I saw Loris' fall, which was spectacular and of course very dangerous. He again suffered a dislocation of the right clavicle, which he had already dislocated in the Netherlands Grand Prix. Now if he were to have another similar accident, with the ligaments that have just healed and are therefore no longer totally healthy, it could be dangerous and not worth the risk. Strong pressure would be enough to damage his shoulder even more and thus obligate Loris to surgery and consequently the end of his career. My suggestion is that, although it is difficult, he should take a break and miss the race in Japan in order to keep the shoulder protected for two weeks by immobilizing it. After that, a week of therapy in the water and he can return to the track for the last three races."