From Motoblog comes this interview with Loris Capirossi, one of our favourite riders in MotoGP. Capirex’s been racing bikes for the last 17 years, has won world championships in the 125cc and 250cc classes, has raced two-stroke 500s and four-stroke 990s and 800s. If there’s one man who’s seen it all, done it all, it’s Loris. Here, he talks about how it is being with the Suzuki MotoGP team for 2008:
On testing the 2008 Suzuki GSV-R at the Philip Island circuit
‘I had never done so many laps [in one go] in my entire life. Among other things, we’ve been testing the electronics and the aerodynamics – something I consider very important, because Phillip Island has always been complicated for Suzuki.’
On the GSV-R’s new engine and chassis
‘The aim is to get a bit more power, without sacrificing the excellent qualities of the current V4. As regards the chassis, we have had some problems with stability at high speeds, but I think we have now solved that. In the first test, the goal for me was to understand the bike better. I made some progress, but I haven’t started pushing it too hard yet…’
On the tyre situation in MotoGP
‘If there was a gap between Bridgestone and Michelin in 2007, things may be more balanced in 2008. Michelin is working hard, and from Bridgestone, for the moment, we have not found anything that is proving to be better than what was available in 2007.’
On Rossi’s move to Bridgestone
‘I agree with him. When a pilot believes that a change is the right choice for him, he must do so.’
On traction control
‘All these systems [electronic rider aids] work to the detriment of pilots with more sensitivity, which can no longer make a difference.’
On how he sees Lorenzo, Dovizioso and De Angelis performing in MotoGP in 2008
‘They will be strong from the outset, and throughout the championship.’
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