Following the Misano crash, Capirossi underwent a medical operation, in which the bone of his little finger was reconstructed and his severed tendon was reattached. According to the medical staff, the operation was a success, but the recovery period is longer than initially expected.
Capirossi confirmed it in a Suzuki preview for the Aragon race, wishing all the luck to his rookie teammate Alvaro Bautista, who will be representing his Rizla Suzuki team alone on Sunday.
“I am extremely disappointed not to be racing at Aragon, but the surgeon has told me to rest the hand for another week,” said Capirossi in the preview.
“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.”
“I wish Alvaro all the best for the weekend and hope that he gets a good result for us - we certainly need one. I'll be back for the trio of races next month and will be looking to get some good results at circuits where I know we can go well,” concluded the Italian veteran.