Having been left to ride an unfancied two-stroke at Motegi this weekend, Loris Capirossi has moved to end rumours that he's simply cruising to the end of the year before upping his efforts when he steps on to a factory Ducati for 2003.

"Motegi could be a real problem for the two-strokes," declared the Italian, before stating that he'll be giving it 100%: "The most important thing is to try my best because all races are important, not just for me but for the team and the sponsors. I am feeling in good form and as in every race I will give my all and try and be amongst the leaders".

Team Manager Sito Pons also backed his rider to go all out for victory, despite the odds stacked against him, by reminding him of his chance to make his place in history. "Loris is a rider who never gives up and he has before him one of the last opportunities for a two-stroke bike to win a Grand Prix," said Sito.

Capirossi's team-mate Alex Barros will ride a Honda RC211V for the first time this weekend.



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