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Capirossi reflects on historic victory

Capirossi reflects on historic victory

Capirossi reflects on historic victory

Loris Capirossi claimed an historic victory yesterday at Motegi, giving Ducati its second MotoGP win. It was the first time that the Italian has been on the top step of the podium since the 2003 Catalan GP, as Ducati Marlboro suffered a disappointing 2004 season after their fantastic debut campaign. It is now, over the past couple of races that the Italian outfit's partnership with tyre manufacturer Bridgestone finally seems to be bearing fruit.

It was a perfect weekend for Capirossi and the Ducati Marlboro team as the Italian snatched pole-position and posted a new-lap record on his way to his fourth win in the premier class. "It's great to take the win today, but it has not just been about today," stated Capirossi. "From Friday to Saturday to the race it has been good for Ducati Marlboro, for Bridgestone, for the team. Bridgestone did a great job here at Motegi and the tyres have been working well; we did a lot of consecutive laps in practice at high speed. I had good rhythm in the race but sometimes when I tried to overtake I was over the limit. When I went into the lead I knew I was faster than Max and I knew then it would be my race. It's great to win for Ducati and Bridgestone in Japan."

Ducati MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo added: "It's fantastic for everyone involved with the team. It was especially satisfying to win here in Japan. A win is a win, but here it is even better. We must thank Loris first of all, because he rode perfectly the whole weekend, then Bridgestone, because the tyres worked well all weekend, and of course the guys who have been working on the bikes, both here and back in Italy. It's not just the tyre and the rider; it is also the machine. It is a dream that has come true. Carlos also had a good race and, despite the fact a lot of people crashed, he was still not far away (4th). It's a good team result and very good for our morale with the next races coming up so soon."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Loris Capirossi

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