Factory Ducati rider Loris Capirossi ended day one of the US Grand Prix receiving medical attention for a bad attack of gastroenteritis.

The Italian, who had been 12th in the two-hour morning session, only rode a few laps in the afternoon session before retiring to the Clinica Mobile, where he received treatment for a bad attack of gastroenteritis, with nausea, headache and a fever.

Clinica doctors aren't sure whether the sickness was caused by cold or bad food, but either way Loris slipped to 16th on the day one timesheets as a result. Team-mate Carlos Checa placed tenth overall.

"Loris was very unlucky today, because he missed most of this afternoon's session," said Ducati MotoGP project manager Livio Suppo. "Hopefully he will feel better tomorrow and be able to ride 100 per cent. Carlos is growing step by step, gradually adjusting his bike for the track. This circuit isn't so easy, but today's experience will help us improve tomorrow."

D'Antin Ducati's Roby Rolfo and Eurosport commentator Toby Moody have also been suffering from suspected food poisoning today.

 

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