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Capirossi and Checa clinch historic Ducati double

Capirossi and Checa clinch historic Ducati double

Capirossi and Checa clinch historic Ducati double

Ducati Marlboro Team rider Loris Capirossi made history in the steaming-hot Marlboro Malaysian Grand Prix, claiming the Italian factory's first-ever back-to-back MotoGP victories, just seven days after winning the Japanese GP. Team-mate Carlos Checa made even more history for the manufacturer by taking third place to clinch the Ducati Marlboro Team's first-ever double podium result.

"It's been a fantastic week!" grinned Capirossi, who started from pole position for the second consecutive weekend. "Today was tougher than Motegi, but Bridgestone brought a great selection of tyres and we worked hard to understand which would be the best for the race. After the start I tried not to use my tyres too much, I wanted to control the race. Then my pit board told me Valentino was coming, and when you have a seven-time World Champion behind you, you know he's coming! I did my best but he overtook, then I did some great laps in the end. I've been racing GPs for 16 years now but my potential is still strong and I want more wins!"

Carlos Checa was the fastest man on track at several stages of the race as he battled back from eighth place on lap one. The Spaniard was forced wide at turn one and did incredibly well to fight back and score his first podium with the team.
"I knew I had to get a good start because it's not easy to pass people from the third row," said Checa. "But when I flicked into the first turn I had to run wide to avoid contact. That totally changed my race, it wasn't easy to come back but I set my pace and saw the leaders losing time as they battled together. I had a lot of fun with Nicky, though it's not easy to out-brake someone at over 300kmh! Then I saw Valentino struggling. The last turn was exciting but he defended his position too well. We started this year with a new package, it was tough to start with, but now we are reaping the reward."


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