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Capirossi takes victory ahead of Pedrosa in Jerez

Capirossi takes victory ahead of Pedrosa in Jerez

Capirossi takes victory ahead of Pedrosa in Jerez

A frantic first corner incident saw Valentino Rossi slide off the track in a messy front and back collision whilst the two Ducati riders, ahead of Nicky Hayden, maintained their front two positions. Sete Gibernau's good fortune wasn't to last, as he appeared to receive a knock from the American which took him out on lap 3.

Dani Pedrosa moved up in front of his team-mate with a daring manoeuvre in front of the home crowd early on, then pushed the Honda RC211V to try and close the gap on Capirossi.

Randy de Puniet saw his race come to an early conclusion, clasping his right hand which had been injured this morning on the way from the box.

Whilst Capirossi and Pedrosa stretched out in front, Hayden and Melandri followed, with the Italian's team-mate Toni Elias lapping well before catching up and passing his more experienced companion.

By lap seventeen Pedrosa was well and truly on the back of Capirossi, unshakeable despite the Ducati rider's fast lap times. The big question was going to be whether the young rookie had the endurance to not only pass the Italian but maintain the lead for any extended period. Pedrosa tried to dive inside at the end of the next lap, but was held off at the corner.

On lap 24 Capirossi's experience was beginning to tell. The Ducati man pulled away from his young challenger, putting nearly nine hundredths of a second between the top two. Lap by lap the gap increased in large increments, Pedrosa seeming to ease off due to fatigue. Three seconds ahead at the finish line, on passing the chequered flag there was a difference of over three seconds.

A last second move on the home straight by Toni Elias was unsuccessful, leaving the top six standing as Capirossi, Pedrosa, Hayden, Elias, Melandri and Stoner.

Rossi failed to break back into the top ten, which was completed by Shinya Nakano, Kenny Roberts Jr, John Hopkins and Makoto Tamada.


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