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A contrast in fortune for McCoy at Estoril

A contrast in fortune for McCoy at Estoril

A contrast in fortune for McCoy at Estoril

Garry McCoy left Estoril on Monday morning with a somewhat different sensation to that which he enjoyed at the same circuit three years previously. The Australian, who stormed to a sensational victory on MotoGP's first visit to the Portuguese circuit in 2000, was close to being lapped by the race leaders on Sunday when he was forced to pull in. It was a cruel reflection of a tough season for the 31 year old, who has struggled to make the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR competitive in his first year on a four-stroke.

"With a couple of laps to go a big spray of water hit me from under the front screen and I wasn't sure where it was as coming from," explains McCoy. "The temperature looked okay, but I thought the water might be leaking onto the tyres so the best idea was to stop. This is a huge difference from when I won here three years ago, not finishing is hard to take. The team worked hard over the weekend, but we had a few problems and in the race I just didn't have a good level of rear grip almost from the beginning. The same tyre had shaped up consistently in practice, but I never really got going. I hate not finishing - hopefully Rio will be good for us."

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MotoGP, 2003

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