Capirossi wants track drainage improved
Loris Capirossi, one of the leaders of MotoGP's Safety Commission, will meet Race Direction in an effort to solve drainage problems at the Sachsenring. Today's qualifying, held in soaking conditions, saw seven different crashes at Turn 7, including one by Capirossi himself.
"The problem is the drainage is fairly good but not perfect," the Suzuki rider told Italia1 television. "There are water puddles in many spots, and the problem is that these bike go aquaplaning.
"We are very quick in the rain, we lean heavily in turns, but if you find some water you aquaplane and lose grip all of a sudden. So you find yourself on the ground and there's nothing you can do."
"Certainly, we'll pop over to them to see what can be done for tomorrow," the Italian replied when asked if he'll pay a visit to race direction. "If there's a solution, even a temporary one, we'll try to implement it."
Capirossi, who ultimately qualified ninth, explained his own accident, which happened in the dying seconds and was missed by television footage.
"We had worked well overall on the set-up. In the end, when I did my best lap, I found Marco (Melandri) on my path and lost a lot in T4. So on the following lap I decided to push again, but in Turn 7, a quick downhill, right when I eased a bit off the gas, it threw me into an high-side up in the sky. It was a rather nice flight."
Asked about his setup for the race, Capirossi replied: "It's fairly good. This morning in the dry I wasn't extremely quick but I was quite close to my rivals. In the wet I must say I was going quite well. Shame that I crashed, otherwise I could have done even better, but it's OK anyway."