Capirossi caught out by Rossi debris

Sunday, 3 October 2004

Capirossi caught out by Rossi debris

Ducati Marlboro Team director revealed that a broken shard from the shattered windscreen of Valentino Rossi's stricken Yamaha was the reason for Loris Capirossi's off-track excursion in the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar on Sunday. Capirossi later retired with mechanical problems and was joined in the pits by his team-mate Troy Bayliss, who suffered tyre difficulties.

"That was a disappointing race for us," commented Ducati Marlboro Team Livio Suppo. "We had a chance of a good result here, but it didn't happen.

"Loris was going well and he was able to keep a very good pace, but he had some unbelievable luck when he ran off the track after touching a piece of Rossi's broken windscreen that was lying on the track.

"After that he had some problem with his bike which forced him to pull into the pits. We are investigating what went wrong.

"Troy had a rear problem which we are looking into with Michelin. I never like to talk about bad luck but for sure we've been unlucky today. Finally, I would like to offer my congratulations to Ruben Xaus and the whole D'Antin Ducati team for scoring their first podium today," added Suppo.

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