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Ducati Marlboro's stunning streak ends at Losail

Ducati Marlboro's stunning streak ends at Losail

Ducati Marlboro's stunning streak ends at Losail

After scoring back-to-back wins over the previous two Sundays, Loris Capirossi missed out on making it a hat-trick for the Ducati Marlboro team in last week's race at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The Italian fell victim to Losail's notoriously treacherous surface after leading the first lap from pole position, and after running off the track ended up finishing in tenth. Conditions for the riders could hardly have been tougher - suffocating 39-degree heat and strong winds making for particularly difficult riding conditions.

"We came here knowing that this would be a difficult track for us, but the main thing is that I finished and scored some points so we are even more in the battle for second overall," said the Italian. "Bridgestone did a great job with the front but we had some trouble with the rear. I took it easy in the first few laps, then after four or five laps I lost some rear grip. It wasn't spinning but I was losing grip when I flicked into turns, that's what happened when I went into the gravel."

His team-mate Carlos Checa had a mostly uneventful run to sixth place, just six days after he'd scored his first podium of the year at the Marlboro Malaysian Grand Prix. Starting from the second row the Spaniard was eighth after two laps, moving into sixth at one-third distance.

"Maybe the result isn't that great but I think we can be happy because we've done a good job here," said the Spaniard. "When we came here in March we had front tyre wear problems, so Bridgestone have made a big step forward here and I know they'll improve again. I used a different rear from what I used in warm-up, I chose something harder for the race. That's why I couldn't push so hard early on but it allowed me to run a good, consistent pace later on."

MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Ducati Marlboro Team

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