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Ducati Marlboro Team race plagued by injury

Ducati Marlboro Team race plagued by injury

Ducati Marlboro Team race plagued by injury

Ducati Marlboro Team riders Carlos Checa and Loris Capirosi both completed the Gran Premio Marlboro de España fighting injuries as well as tough competition, a combination that saw them have to settle for 10th and 13th positions respectively.

Checa, suffering from a recent shoulder injury, was even uncertain that he would be able to finish the race; while Capirossi needed pain-killing injections after cracking his anklebone during a crash on Saturday morning's free practice session.

Checa had run strong at the beginning of the race, fighting for sixth place before slipping back. He sustained his shoulder injury during a fall while testing at Catalunya last month, leaving him with some pain and upper body weakness.

"To be honest, I didn't even expect to finish the race," said Checa. "At first things weren't too bad, but then Tamada made contact with me while trying to pass on the brakes. That hurt the shoulder again, then Barros and Bayliss came past and I couldn't stay with Biaggi and Edwards when they attacked. Physically and technically it's been a tough weekend, so all things considered, this isn't such a bad result."

Team-mate Capirossi had to settle for 13th position, slipping back after having started in sixth position, to take three points. "My thanks to the Clinica Mobile who made it possible for me to race," said the Italian who had started from the second row of the grid.

"I did my best but unfortunately I wasn't able to ride the bike the way I like to ride it. I had problems shifting gears and so I made a few mistakes. I tried as hard as I could and I managed to finish. The result isn't great but two or three points are always better than none."

Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali admitted it had been a very tough day, and weekend, for the team, between the injuries and testing their new engine-braking control system.

"A big thank you to Carlos and Loris, it must have been a very tough day for both of them. Of course, their injuries didn't make things easier for the team as a whole, plus we have had a busy weekend testing our new engine-braking control system.

"In the end we decided to race with the standard system because after warm-up we found that the bikes had suffered excessive chain stretch when the riders made their usual practice starts. We hadn't encountered this problem during testing with the new system. We stay here to test tomorrow, after which we will decide which system to use at Estoril next weekend."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, Ducati Marlboro Team

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