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Capirossi pleased with ‘lucky' result

Capirossi pleased with ‘lucky' result

Capirossi pleased with ‘lucky' result

Loris Capirossi had high hopes for the Czech GP after qualifying third fastest for his first front-row start since May's Chinese GP. The Ducati Marlboro Team man didn't disappoint, even though he didn't make the greatest of starts.

Seventh after lap one, Capirossi kept his head, never losing touch with the leaders, and moved steadily up the field in the closing stages. Fifth with six laps to go, he battled past Nicky Hayden and Alex Barros to move into third place with three laps remaining, then benefited from Gibernau's misfortune.

"I was angry with my start because normally I'm a very fast starter on the Ducati," said Capirossi. "But I knew I was strong - I'd had a very good rhythm all weekend because we focused only on our race set-up."

"Despite the bad start I stayed cool, I just tried to pass the guys one by one. Towards the end of the race my tyres were good and I was faster than the leaders but I didn't have time to attack them. Anyway, I'm so happy with this podium, even though, to tell the truth, I was lucky to get second and I'm sorry for Sete. My thanks to all the people at Bridgestone and also to everyone at Ducati."


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