Assen MotoGP: Loris Capirossi deflated after Dutch disaster

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Loris Capirossi struggled to hide his frustration after Suzuki’s dismal 2010 season continued at Assen.

The veteran Italian struggled to a morale-crushing 13th in Holland and was just over a minute adrift of dominant winner Jorge Lorenzo.

Factory team-mate Alvaro Bautista was a further eight seconds back and only Interwetten Honda replacement rider Kousuke Akiyoshi finished behind the GSV-R pair.

The triple world champion, who has only scored two top ten finishes this season, said: “I just don’t know what to say after this weekend – when I try to go quicker than I did I feel like I will crash and when I try to make a race I end up almost last.

“The effort we are putting in is a lot and I am really angry and annoyed, because the whole team is trying really hard, we make so many changes to try to find the best solution and we just cannot find it.

“We just had no feeling at the start and we needed three or four laps to get any kind of feel in the tyres, but by then it was too late.

“It is the same to finish 11th or 13th, both positions feel the same and it is just not good enough, we need to make some big changes for next weekend so we can try to be more competitive.”

Factory Suzuki boss Paul Denning said: “Things have been very difficult this season and they didn’t get any easier.

“I want to say sorry to Loris and Álvaro that we couldn’t give them a competitive machine. Loris especially is incredibly frustrated and that frustration is shared by all of us.

“We have to keep working hard and keep focused to find the key that will allow the riders to perform to the best of their abilities.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt