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Alex Crivillé made his comeback as one of the decisive forces in today’s 500 race. Eighth on the starting grid, the Team Repsol YPF Honda rider was still in the same position when he returned from lap one. But then Crivillé started to make his moves, overtaking several other riders and moving ahead of the second group. From this moment on, his goal was to catch up with Norick Abe who was running in third position, and he managed to pass the Japanese at about the same moment in which race leader Max Biaggi crashed. After this dramatic development, Rossi was rewarded with the lead of the race until the chequered flag. Crivillé finished second, and his team-mate Tohru Ukawa, who also made a strong recovery, was rewarded with a well-deserved fifth place.

Tohru Ukawa 5th : 2’02.46022 laps, 119 Km

“I’m happy. This was a good result for me and my team after the last Grands Prix. The race was very hard because it was so hot, and I didn’t have one single moment to relax. I didn’t start well, but even though I still had some front end chatter, my team did a great job in setting up the bike, and I was able to maintain a good pace. On Friday and Saturday, I couldn’t go into the turns very hard, but in the race today, things changed to the better and I had lot of fun. McCoy has a strange way of riding, very spectacular,and it was fun riding behind him. In the end I managed to squeeze past him, but it wasn’t easy to find an open door!”

Alex Crivillé 2nd : 2’02.25122 laps, 119 Km

“I’m very happy, for myself, for my team and for all the fans. After the crashes in Germany I couldn’t imagine a result like this at the very next Grand Prix. It was a very hard race, it was very hot, and I had to overtake several riders in order to make sure of this result. It was tiring to catch up with Abe, in the beginning the gap seemed to not shrink at all, and with Capirossi pushing from behind, I thought it would be very difficult to get a podium finish. When Biaggi crashed, I upped the pace a bit until I managed to get past Abe, and after that I did whatever I could to defend my position. Loris is a very fast rider in the last laps, and I knew that he was going to attack again, but toda, second place was mine. Now we have to continue to work in order to keep going like that.”

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