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Bittersweet feelings for Ducati Marlboro

Bittersweet feelings for Ducati Marlboro

Bittersweet feelings for Ducati Marlboro

Loris Capirossi took the win at the season-opening Spanish GP in brilliant style to put the Ducati Marlboro Team at the top of the MotoGP points table for the first time in history. But it was a day of mixed emotions for the team with Sete Gibernau withdrawing due to a gear sensor problem which affected his bike's electronics.

Capirossi and Gibernau had qualified first and second fastest, with Gibernau quickest in this morning's warm-up session, so the team had high hopes of a double podium result. Capirossi led the race from start to finish to beat runner-up Dani Pedrosa by 4.375 seconds and completed a perfect weekend: pole position, race win and fastest lap. Today's victory was the Italian's fourth MotoGP success for the Ducati Marlboro Team, his sixth premier class triumph and his 26th career win.

`This is my fourth year with the Ducati Marlboro Team and this is the best start we've had to a season, today's win was just the best´, explained Capirossi.` The team has done a great job all winter, especially at the tests we did here two weeks ago. After that we knew we had a good opportunity to win and after practice and qualifying we were quite confident´.

Liviop Suppo, Ducati MotoGP project manager, also was delighted with Capirossi's victory, although regretted the bad luck for Gibernau. `It's a day of mixed emotions for us - Ducati deserved a double podium today. I'm so happy for Loris, he did a great job and rode a wonderful race, he had the situation under control. On the other hand, I'm really sorry for what happened to Sete. My thanks to our technical partners Bridgestone and Shell Advance who have done so much in contributing to this victory´.

Gibernau saw all his dreams to win were fade out at the second lap after a promising job during the GP weekend.`I've no words really, we've all been working so hard over the last few months but we're leaving the first race with no result. It's a real pity, everything had been going so well. My congratulations to Loris and Bridgestone for a fantastic win, now we look forward to the next race in Qatar in two weeks time´, said the Spanish rider.

MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA, Ducati Marlboro Team

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