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Lady Luck hasn´t been on the side of the Repsol YPF Honda riders in today´s Catalunyan Grand Prix. After a good start for Tohru Ukawa and Alex Crivillé, things went very well in the first half of the race, and a great result seemed within reach for both of them. But from mid-race on, Crivillé started to drop back when his engine lost power. Ukawa couldn´t keep the pace of the front runners either, and took seventh place in the end. Local idol Alex Crivillé, who wanted to reward his supportive fans with a good result at his home Grand Prix, lost position by position and had to settle for a disappointing eleventh place, confirming his sixth place in the point standings.

Tohru Ukawa:

´I´m happy with my race because I was riding much better than in practice, therefor I´m satisfied with seventh position. It was a very hard race, because right from the start there were many riders battling in one group. But I think I managed the situation quite well, even though I have to admit that I made a few mistakes that I will try to avoid in the next races. The motorcycle worked very well during all the weekend and today´s race. I feel fine physically and a podium finish in Assen is not out of reach. Assen is my next target, and once again I will try everything to end up within the first three.´

Alex Criville:

´The first part of the race was good, but then the engine started to lose power and I couldn´t keep up with the pack on the straight. I started very well, but at the end of the main straight, Sete ran a bit wide, and I went off my line and slightly touched Rossi. I started to recover positions after that, because the motorcycle worked well as far as suspension and chassis are concerned, and I believed in my chances for a strong finish. But then something started to fail, and I had some big moments trying to make up for it on the brakes. On one occasion, I crossed the lines of Nakano and Ukawa because I was too late on the brakes, but I didn´t touch them. It´s a shame that we ran into problems because today I really wanted to offer my fans a good result.´

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