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Crivillé lucks out in his rally debut

Crivillé lucks out in his rally debut

Crivillé lucks out in his rally debut

Former 500cc World Champion Álex Crivillé made his rally debut on Saturday in the second leg of the Spanish Rally Championship, the Rally de Cáceres. However, the two-wheel wizard's luck turned sour during his first four-wheeled race when a slab of rock sent his car off the track and out of action.

Crivillé was just at the third stage of the eight-stage race when he collided with the chuck of rock while powering his way round a tough corner. He smashed the right side of his Mitsubishi – the side of his co-rider – and was forced to withdraw as the car was too damaged to continue. Both Crivillé and his co-rider emerged uninjured.

"I am happy with my driving," said the unlucky Spaniard after the rally. "I am fine, but the incident has left a bad taste in my mouth. I still have a lot to learn but I will go on improving over the upcoming races. I'm already looking ahead to the Rally de Granada."

The former motorbike champ had ran a good race until the incident occurred. He had made 11th position in the provisional classification after clocking the ninth and eleventh best time during the morning sessions.

Having entered the season late on, Crivillé will be hoping to at least finish the remaining six races of the championship.

MotoGP, 2005

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