Loris Capirossi has confirmed he will race in the Portuguese Grand Prix after insisting that his foot and thigh injuries are making it easier for him to ride than to walk currently.

The Italian has been beset with injury woes over the last few races, most recently a thigh strain that ruled him out of the Australian Grand Prix, but also a foot injury sustained in Malaysia.

With question marks raised over whether he would be fit enough to participate in the penultimate round of the season at Estoril, Capirossi maintains he feels fine once aboard the Rizla Suzuki.

"It was disappointing to find out I had got some small fractures in my foot, but it won't stop me riding, because I was ok in Australia and it didn't cause me too many problems there - in fact it is easier to ride the bike than it is to walk!

"I have had some intensive treatment on the thigh muscle and that is also a lot better. I can't wait to get back on my bike and give the guys something back for all their patience and hard-work over the season, especially after the tough three-week tour we had on the other side of the world which gave us nothing but pain and bike damage.

"Suzuki and the team have always been good to me and I want to show them that I am here to do my best and compete with the best riders."

Capirossi has endured a dismal third season with Suzuki, the Italian currently bottom of the leaderboard for full-time MotoGP riders.

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