Loris Capirossi has been ruled out of the Dutch TT after crashing heavily during the final minutes of qualifying at Assen. The veteran Italian dislocated his right shoulder and suffered injured rib cartilage after being hit by his own Pramac Ducati in the fall.
"There's not much to say," said Capirossi. It's not much fun to be crushed by a bike at high speed. I'm feeling better now, although I'm sorry to miss tomorrow's race.
"I crashed as I was at my best; I could have dropped my time, but the problem in left-hand corners, which we had already experienced in the morning free-practice session, caused me to lose control.
"Tomorrow I'll go back to Monte Carlo, and in two days I'll undergo some more checks on my physical condition."
Capirossi's withdrawal means Randy de Puniet will be Pramac's only representative in the race.