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Capirossi gives Ducati first ever MotoGP victory

Capirossi gives Ducati first ever MotoGP victory

Capirossi gives Ducati first ever MotoGP victory

After only six races in their debut MotoGP campaign Ducati, in the hands of Loris Capirossi, have won a Grand Prix. The Italian triumphed in round six taking place in Catalunya after race leader Valentino Rossi made two mistakes in the same lap and the rasping blood-red machine was perfectly poised to inherit the number one slot.

Rossi lost the lead with his first error that saw him run wide but then ran across the gravel moments later with only 10 laps to go. The World Champion slipped back to sixth but then launched back in fine style posting two fastest laps on his way past Shinya Nakano, Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi and Sete Gibernau, capturing second place and the lap record to boot inside 7 laps. So rattled was Biaggi at his fierce rival's repost that he promptly ran off the circuit himself and crashed while in fourth.

The race had largely been quite staid up until Rossi's slip whereby a bonafide struggle for positions ensued with Capirossi three seconds ahead at the circuit where he set the highest speed recorded by a GP motorcycle during the IRTA test four months ago.

Gibernau could not threaten the Italian domination at the front but took his third podium of the season and the third appearance by a Spaniard on the top steps this afternoon.

Checa finally gained a placing inside the top five with fourth while Nakano, Tohru Ukawa, Makoto Tamada, Alex Barros, Nicky Hayden and Troy Bayliss completed the top ten.
Crashees included Kawasaki pair Akira Yanagawa and Andrew Pitt along with Jeremy McWilliams on the Proton V5 in a first lap pile-up. Olivier Jacque also fell. The Championship still reflects Rossi's level of superiority as he boasts a 47 point lead over Gibernau.

MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya

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