The 2011 MotoGP season starts this weekend at Jerez for Pramac Racing riders Randy de Puniet and Loris Capirossi, after a disastrous opening lap in Qatar.

de Puniet crashed moments after overtaking Capirossi, with the Frenchman's bike then tagging Capirossi's hand and forcing his retirement.

Fortunately, there were no broken bones for the Italian and the pair are ready to chase their first Pramac race finish - at the very least - in Spain on Sunday.

"The disappointment has passed, now I just think about the next race," said Capirossi, who is reported to have recently undergone minor shoulder surgery to help an old injury.

"For Jerez I hope that luck is on our side, as far we had so many problems. I'm fine, I have no problem, apart from the blow to the hand in Qatar and the control of right arm, I should be 100%.

"Jerez is a track I've enjoyed in the past, and I definitely enjoy racing there. The bike is very better than the beginning, as always, I remain confident".

Capirossi won at Jerez on a factory Ducati in 2006 while de Puniet stood on the podium in 250cc.

"It was not easy starting in a manner that was so unlucky," said de Puniet. "But Qatar is gone, now we look for redemption in Jerez, a circuit I know well. I do not lose sight of my goals, I think only to work hard to improve the feeling with the bike."



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