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Disappointing weekend for Ducati Marlboro

Disappointing weekend for Ducati Marlboro

Disappointing weekend for Ducati Marlboro

Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss had high hopes for the Veltins Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland but both men were out of luck, tumbling out of a crash-strewn race that claimed a total of seven victims, almost one-third of the original grid.

"That was a very disappointing race," admitted Ducati Marlboro Team director Livio Suppo. "All weekend both our riders had run a very good race pace, which made us very confident that we could run close to the front. And that's exactly what Loris was doing - he was third and less than two seconds behind the leaders when he slid off.

"Troy had a bad start and was recovering from that when he fell. The track had less grip than at any other point of the weekend, there were many more crashes than is usual. But despite today's result, we showed that we are competitive again, and that's the most important thing."

Loris Capirossi was riding a storming race when he fell at one-third distance while chasing the leaders, having worked his way up from seventh on lap one to move into third on lap nine.

"I was going okay," said Capirossi, somewhat bemused by his crash. "I was running a fast pace and when I saw Sete fall I knew I was third, just a couple of seconds behind Max and Valentino. I was trying to catch them when I lost the rear. That's racing."

A bad start for Bayliss left him 13th at the end of the first lap and he slipped another place on the next lap before starting a steady recovery. Then he fell on lap 12 at the last curve before the straight.

"I didn't feel good on the bike this afternoon," explained Bayliss after the race. "I didn't feel the same as I'd felt in practice and qualifying, then the bike let go. I'm not happy."


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