“[Motorcycle racing] has changed a lot. When I think back to my first season in 1990, everything seemed easier – we didn't have big sponsors, there weren't many journalists like there are now and you just raced. Now everything is more professional. I think the world is growing a lot [quicker] compared to many years ago, but for me the biggest thing is that I'm still having fun like in the beginning. That hasn't changed.
“I always say the best bike to ride is the old 500cc two-stroke, and my dream is to ride 1,000cc again in two years' time. I know that will be really tough, but I will try to keep in condition – to fight with the younger riders I need to train really hard – and I think if I'm competitive, for sure I can continue.”
Giving off an impression of 'never-say-never', one race Capirossi assuredly will be a part of is the 2010 British Grand Prix next month, to be held around Silverstone's all-new, 3.66-mile Arena Grand Prix circuit. Having become in company with team-mate Alvaro Bautista one of only a very privileged few to have sampled the layout to-date on a road-going bike, the eight-time premier class race-winner was effusive in his reflections on it.
“It's impressive,” he underlined. “It was the first time for me; I did a couple of laps, and for me the layout is great, really nice. It's a really quick track, apart from a couple of corners that are really tight and there are a lot of bumps, especially in the fast corners. The road bike rode them quite well, but with our race bike maybe it will be harder.
“To find a good set-up won't be easy, but everybody will be in the same conditions so we'll see. The layout is beautiful and quite quick for MotoGP, which is great, and in many places the fans will be really close to the track. We're quite happy with it.”
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