Loris Capirossi ruled out of Aragon race

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Loris Capirossi will miss this weekend’s Motorland Aragon MotoGP race having failed to recover from a hand injury suffered in Misano earlier this month.

The veteran Italian severed a tendon in his right little finger when he was involved in a second corner collision with factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden in Misano.

Capirossi’s injury required surgery and he had hoped to be back riding his factory Suzuki GSV-R machine in the inaugural Motorland Aragon event this weekend.

Capirossi will now make his return at the Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi in early October. The Motegi race is the start of an intensive conclusion to the 2010 campaign with five races in six weeks.

The triple world champion said: “I am extremely disappointed not to be racing at Aragón, but the surgeon has told me to rest the hand for another week.

"I am still feeling a bit of pain and I’m going to the hospital every day to have the wound cleaned and dressed, so although I could possibly be able to ride I wouldn’t be fit enough and it might jeopardise my attendance and competitiveness at Motegi if I did – so it’s best to stay at home.”

Suzuki has opted not to replace Capirossi, so will only be represented by Spaniard Alvaro Bautista in round 13 of the world championship.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt