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Capirossi, the man to beat

Capirossi, the man to beat

Capirossi, the man to beat

Ducati Marlboro Team man Loris Capirossi is currently enjoying his most successful period in the premier-class. Now in his eighth season on big bikes, the little Italian with the big heart is the man of the moment with two wins and a second place from the last three races and second place in the championship very much in his sights.

Capirossi has scored 70 points in these three races, compared with the 45 obtained by seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi. He now lies third in the championship, but is aiming to snatch the runner-up slot from Max Biaggi who is just 17 points ahead of him.

Capirossi has shone thanks in no small part to the new Bridgestone tyres that allow him to use his spectacularly aggressive style - stunning lean angles and big handfuls of throttle - to get the maximum out of his Desmosedici.

"Bridgestone have worked so hard with us this year," he says. "Since Brno we've had different spec tyres that work really well, so everyone can see the potential of the Desmosedici. Earlier in the season you couldn't see the bike's true potential, but now we have a very strong package. Also, having good tyres helps in other ways because they help you develop the bike quicker and more effectively."

"This is my 16th year in World Championship racing and I think I've shown that my potential is still really strong. I've signed for another year with the Ducati Marlboro Team because I really believe in them. We've had some tough times but we've stayed close and now we can see the fruits of our work. The big issue this weekend will be the sand - if sand gets blown onto the track, like last year, it's a big problem. When we were last at Losail, in February, the track was much better because the World Superbikes had just been there, so they had cleaned the surface. It's impossible to know what it will be like until we get there, so we'll wait and see."

MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Loris Capirossi

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