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Capirossi delight at fourth place

Capirossi delight at fourth place

Capirossi delight at fourth place

Loris Capirossi declared himself ‘100% satisfied' after clinching his best finish of the season at the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix on Sunday. Riding the factory's new Twin Pulse engine for only the second time, the Italian stormed through the pack after a sluggish start to complete the race in fourth place, eleven seconds behind the winner Makoto Tamada.

"I'm 100 per cent satisfied with that result, so my thanks go to Ducati Corse and the team for all the work they've done," beamed Capirossi, who was due to stay for a day of tests alongside team-mate Troy Bayliss on Monday. "This is our best result so far this year. It demonstrates that we are heading in the right direction with the bike, and we're going to continue working in that direction.

"It was a tough race. I started from the dirty side of the track, so I got a lot of wheelspin away from the grid, which put me way back at the first corner. But I overcame that to get up to fourth. Once I was there I realised the first three guys were too far ahead, so I decided to consolidate my position by keeping Barros behind me."

Bayliss was less fortunate, sliding off during the early stages of a torrid race that also claimed world title rivals Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau. "I was struggling a bit with front-end grip, then I just lost the front mid-corner," he explained. "I ran the Four Pulse simply because we went good on it in warm-up this morning, so it seemed like the way to go for this race."

MotoGP, 2004, Loris Capirossi

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