Marco Melandri, who confirmed he will leave MotoGP for World Superbike at the end of this season, has a lot on his mind heading into this weekend's inaugural Aragon round.
The previous Misano round was one to forget, on and off track, for Melandri - who got involved in a public 'disagreement' with Capirossi over their respective 2011 rides (Capirossi is thought to be heading for Pramac Ducati) during an event in honour of Daijiro Kato.
"I really want to get back on track and forget about a really difficult weekend at Misano. It started out in the worst possible way on Thursday night at the DediKato event, when Capirossi and I tried to liven the evening up but it didn't go as I wanted and unfortunately there was a misunderstanding which I am very sorry about," said Melandri, who was quoted as telling Capirossi that signing for Pramac was 'like a robbery', while Capirossi responded by saying Melandri was just bitter because he has to move to WSBK. Further comments went back and forth.
But such disagreements meant nothing compared with the tragedy of race day at Misano, where Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa lost his life after falling from his bike and being hit by two riders.
Melandri reveals he raised concerns about the artificial grass at that corner years ago.
"Then on Sunday there was the Moto2 race with the terrible incident for Tomizawa in the same corner where I had a bad accident myself in 2007. I was really upset because I had raised my concerns at the time about the artificial grass, which is too close to the rumble strip, but nobody listened. I will bring it up again this Thursday at the Safety Commission," he said.
The Misano weekend ended with Melandri finishing a disappointing tenth in the MotoGP race.
"To cap it off I had another forgettable race in which we struggled once again because of my lack of feeling with the bike. In any case, after the Moto2 race I had lost any excitement to race.
"At Aragon I want to make the most of every single minute of practice to try and rediscover the feeling we found at Silverstone before the crash. I'm not expecting miracles but I'll do everything I can to have a good race."