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Capirossi demoted by engine change

Loris Capirossi to start Australian Grand Prix from the back of the grid
Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi has become the first rider to suffer at the hands of the new MotoGP engine change limit.

A maximum of five engine changes are allowed for each rider during the final seven rounds of this season.

Capirossi needed a sixth engine for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix and has thus been demoted to the back of the grid, while Suzuki will suffer a ten point penalty in the constructors' championship.

Capirossi had qualified 13th.

In 2010, the rules will demand further increases in engine life with each rider being limited to six engines for the whole 18-race series.

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ardmatch - Unregistered

October 18, 2009 6:32 PM

I bet Mr Bautista can't wait for next year - if 5 engines can't do 6 rounds how in hell are 6 going to do 18! Dorna disaster - as has been the case for the last few rounds, WSBK wins as a spectacle over the MotoGp procession hands down. With WSBK looking so ultra competitive next year and Dorna's only ideas bad ones, the gap is only going to get bigger. Truth is without Rossi's brilliance and charisma it would have been dead in the water from the day the 800s were born. :?

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