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Views from the MotoGP podium finishers in Catalunya

Views from the MotoGP podium finishers in Catalunya

Views from the MotoGP podium finishers in Catalunya

Loris Capirossi, winner:

´My last win was back in 2000 and I am really happy to be up here today. I think it must count as one of my best. It is also a just reward for Ducati, Marlboro and all of the team. The race today was unbelievable especially at the beginning when I was lapping with Valentino. The pace was not so fast early on but then Valentino made a mistake and I was able to move through. When I saw him run wide I tried to give 100%. Biaggi was catching me but three laps before the end I looked back and nobody was there. My pit board was telling me that Rossi was coming but I continued to push for the last two laps. Thanks to everyone who believed in us, this is a fantastic day.´ Valentino Rossi, 2nd position:

´I do not know if I am happy for the last part of the race or angry for the mistake. In the beginning I was running at the front quite slowly. Nobody came past me and it seemed like five or six riders were just waiting. I then started to push 100% near the middle of the GP and Loris and I made a little break. I made a little mistake, which meant that I slipped behind Loris but then coming into turn four we hit a different line and I went in much too fast. When I opened my eyes I saw the exhaust pipe of the Ducati right in front of me and had to go wide. I made a little bit of motocross and lost a lot of time, but then I had a lot of fun and set the lap record. To be second to Loris is good for the Championship.´$$$ Sete Gibernau, 3rd position:

´I really wanted to be more involved in the battle Loris and Valentino were having. I was losing a little bit on the straight and having to make it up through the corners. I am happy enough to be here and my riding is at the level where I can race with these two guys. With a bit more work from myself in setting up the bike maybe we will be on the podium more often. Today I am happy with this result for the crowd, they really pushed me on and I have to say a big thank you for their support. Anyway, congratulations to Loris, I think maybe he deserves this win more than anybody else.´

MotoGP, 2003, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya

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