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Ducati victory justifies the hype

Ducati victory justifies the hype

Ducati victory justifies the hype

It was twenty seven years since an Italian rider had taken victory on an Italian motorcycle in the premier class of Grand Prix racing when, on the 29th August 1976, Giacomo Agostini took victory at the Nurburgring riding the legendary MV Agusta. It was five years earlier that Bruno Spaggiari had scored Ducati´s last podium in the World Championship, taking third place at Imola riding the Ducati 500. After three decades of exile from the series, Loris Capirossi rubber stamped Ducati´s return in fine style yesterday, confirming all the hype surrounding the Italian factory since their arrival on the MotoGP scene.

Their Grand Prix adventure started in impressive style, with a podium for Capirossi at the first race of 2003 in Japan, the top two slots on the grid at Jerez and another podium – this time for Troy Bayliss. Second place by Capirossi at Mugello was a clear indication of the surprisingly swift evolution of the Desmosedici, and after just six races that has been confirmed with an epic win.

`This is a fantastic day for us, for everyone in the team, for everyone in the factory, for everyone involved in this project,´ said an emotional Corrado Cecchinelli, Ducati Marlboro Team technical director, after the race. `We have all worked so hard for this, especially Loris, he rode an incredible race. This morning was the first time I thought we could really win this one – we knew we´d made a good tyre choice with Michelin and we knew we could do it if things went our way. Loris made a good plan for the race, he didn´t want to take the lead early on because he wanted to save his tyres. It all worked perfectly.´

Team Ducati Marlboro stayed on at Catalunya for a day of testing today, ahead of their next assault on the podium in the Gauloises Dutch TT at Assen on the 28th June.

MotoGP, 2003

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