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Capirossi prepares for Assen, Gibernau out.

Despite being hospitalised following Sunday's horrific first turn accident at Catalunya, Loris Capirossi intends to race in this Saturday's Dutch TT at Assen - but Ducati Marlboro team-mate Sete Gibernau is already ruled out.

The pair triggered the six rider pile-up after tangling on the approach to the first corner, after which Capirossi was airlifted to Catalunya General Hospital for checks to his chest and abdomen.

The Italian has now been given the all clear and returned home to Monte Carlo today (Monday) to prepare for round eight of the world championship - where he will try and retrieve at least some of the 20 points he has now lost to title leader Nicky Hayden.

Meanwhile, Gibernau - who was thrown over the handlebars at 120mph - faces a longer recovery. The Spanish rider underwent a further brain scan today to rule out any possible complications ahead of Tuesday morning's operation to fix the minor fracture to his left collarbone he sustained during the accident.

Surgeons will replace a plate inserted following an earlier accident with a larger plate. Only after the operation will it be possible to confirm when Gibernau can race again, but he will certainly miss the next round in the Netherlands.

It is not yet known if Marco Melandri, the third rider hospitalised after the accident, will try to ride at Assen - free practice for which starts on Thursday.
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