Tuesday Conversation: Loris Capirossi
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Tuesday Conversation: Loris Capirossi
For a season that has seen such close racing, and for a race Sunday that saw such tight battles for most of the positions, Loris Capirossiís dominant 4.9-second victory in the Czech Republicís MotoGP round in Brno was surprising and impressive. The Ducati Marlboro rider was untouchable, despite encountering severe problems in Friday practice and having been injured earlier in the season in a crash at Barcelona. The following is excerpts from Capirossiís small conference with the foreign press following the win.
On the win:
This race I had the position possible, and Iím really happy. After the bad situation, I did many races in bad condition, and for sure, Nicky was gone from us at a key point. But after this break, I [regained] my good condition, and I came here stronger than before. I think the last part of the season is going to be really impressive for us. I think weíve had many good races, looking back from last year, but here itís [better], and Iím very happy about that.
On the 800:
I saw the bike running in Mugello, but I never rode it. I said before that the plan for tomorrow is to work with the 1000 to develop the tires for the next couple races. After that, weíll jump on the 800 and start to test that.
On the change made to the bike:
We found something different [this weekend]. All year, the bike [has been] so strong, but itís difficult to find the best way to ride it. But after that modification, it has a good feeling. [Asked what they changed] A lot of things [smiles]. With such a big thing like that, I was like, F---, itís impossible! My bikeís working so good. Iím happy!
On the improvement the bike made over the weekend:
Friday afternoon wasnít good. Just the last five minutes, we found something that wasnít so bad, but we said, ďThis is not enough to go quick.Ē We had a big meeting on Friday night with the whole team, and we said, ďWe have to do something big for tomorrow morning,Ē and we tried to do that. Sunday morning, I started with a used tire, and I went f------ one second quicker than every body. I said, ďOkay, this is a good way to go.Ē
I saw in the qualifying practice that Valentino made a really, really good lap, and I said, ďWow, this for sure is really good.Ē But I saw that my pace on race tires was a little bit better than everybody, and that was my program for today, to try to press really hard for the first couple of laps. I tried to do the best couple, three, four laps, and I saw my advantage coming more and more. I said, ďOkay, my advantage is not too bad, I can go a little bit slower.Ē But my laps were [still] 58s and the gap got bigger. I am impressed about today.
On what might have been without the Barcelona crash:
I think [crashes] are something that sometimes happen, because this is racing. This is normal. But anyway, without that, for sure, I [wouldnít be] 50 points behind. For sure I also wouldnít be close to Nicky, because some races back our package was not so good. But maybe not 50ómaybe 20 behind. Thatís better than 50, but weíll try and do our best.
On his championship hopes:
Like I said in Barcelona, when we have three consecutive races, itís tough for everybody. The big problem happened to me, because I had a big injury in the first of these three, and I didnít do anything in the three races. I think the championship is still open [until] the last flag. We have to do our best, and we will see. If we finish second, third, fourth, fifthóitís really important to do our best.
On having the longest winning period of any rider:
I think this is great! One thing is, Iím really old. I know that! Iím not still young, but I think itís possible to do more. I donít want to stop now. I think today, for sure, I made a really strong race. From the first to the last lap, I didnít lost concentration. I tried to go my pace, and I didnít think about everybody. I was only me, and I rode by myself. I think this was a good concentration.
On whether or not he talked to himself in the race:
A lot! A lot! The last couple laps, I said, ďPlease bike, donít stop. Please, help me to the flag, because the race is amazing. We want to finish!Ē I think when youíre like that, itís really important not to lose focus. When I have everybody by eight seconds, itís easy to lose relax and crash, so I tried to keep concentrating.
On whether Gibernau will help him in the upcoming races:
I hope to see Sete in good condition soon, because the championship is not too bad. I think itís possible [for him] to help. I donít know. We will see.
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