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09/12/08
motogp
Riders concerned about Indy track
The MotoGP community expressed near unanimous admiration of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway complex, but there was also near unanimity that the layout itself was very much a work in progress. Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi was one of the many riders who voiced concern about the safety of the 16-turn, 2.621-mile IMS MotoGP layout.

Capirossi, a member of the rider safety commission, spoke about his concerns on Thursday, prior to the first day of practice. His impression was based on a firsthand look and the word of teammate-for-the-weekend Ben Spies, who tested here in July. At the time, Spies said parts of the track were too tight and that the surface in the early corners was an issue.

“Yeah, well I’m thinking I say it’s pretty interesting for us to ride here, but this track is basically for cars and we try to modify for motorcycles and in that moment is not 100% safe,” Capirossi, who recently re-signed with Rizla Suzuki, said. “We have to modify something else. We can make already this morning a couple laps with the safety commission for check and we change a little bit the position of the air fence. We ask to change a little bit the curve. Anyway, we will see tomorrow.

“But anyway, the problem is we expect two days of rain, maybe three days. It’s really hard because I think when we have a lot of rain, my impression is it’s really difficult to ride because we have a lot of water on the track, because the track is a little bit strange and they have many lakes.”

There are also a number of different types of asphalt-as many as four some riders believe-which is another concern of Capirossi’s.

“The problem is the first part,” Capirossi said. “When I spoke with Ben (Spies), he said it’s like rain condition on the dry. I don’t know on the rain. And the second part is not too bad. The last one is like really good. But also the first part is new and really right.”

Spies was also concerned with a wall in turn five, the left coming off the south end of the oval. Capirossi agreed.

“It’s really close,” he said. “We’re talking also about that, but we don’t move one wall in one night. I think the most important is to ride the bike, to feel on the bike. Because when you are out it’s really difficult to really feel. On the bike we can check tomorrow.”

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