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Loris Capirossi, who already produced an amazing performance during the qualifying sessions of the Portuguese GP, eleventh race of the season, confirmed during a great race, that he is one of the best riders and was the only one to make things difficult from beginning to end for Valentino Rossi. The West Honda Pons Italian rider ended second, achieving his sixth podium of the season. Alex Barros, had very bad luck and got caught in a multiple crash on the first turn and could not avoid hitting Norick Abe´s bike.

Loris Capirossi

´It has been a very hard race, that wouldn’t allow any mistake. When Rossi got the first position I got close to him to keep my options. When i got caugth behind back marker Clarke he´s escaped, as I wasn´t able to reduce the difference to less than a second. I did not give up in any moment, but as I tried to push more, Valentino was even faster. I am happy, because I am much closer to Max and from now on, I will keep on fighting for the second place in the championship.´

Alex Barros

´I slowed right down to when I saw Norick Abe´s bike in front of me, but I couldn´t avoid it because he was right in my trajectory. These things happen in the races and I hope I will be more lucky in the next one. The only positive thing is that I am not hurt and will be in the best conditions to ride in Valencia, where I hope I will be again on the podium. There is not much more to say now.´

Sito Pons

´Capirossi showed again all his capability in a very tough race, as he was the only one that could make things difficult of Rossi. I think he is a serious candidate to the second position and has kept an impressive consistency. About Barros, what could I say?, there cannot be more bad luck.´The Spot

There are many data showing the ability of Loris Capirossi and the West Honda Pons team in this Portuguese Grand Prix. The Italian rider, third in the classification, achieved in the fourth lap the fastest time and new circuit record. The former was held from last year by Valentino Rossi, who ran then at 1:42.200. Capirossi rode today at 1:40.683. Furthermore, his Honda was the fastest of the weekend, being the only one to run above the 300 km/h, with a register of 302,9 km/h in the first qualifying session.

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