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Ducati Marlboro takes its first podium in France

Ducati Marlboro takes its first podium in France

Ducati Marlboro takes its first podium in France

Loris Capirossi summoned all his riding powers to secure a second place finish for the Ducati Marlboro Team at the French MotoGP race, making a determined move forward from third on the very last lap of a dramatic race. Ducati Marlboro Team rider Sete Gibernau was pushed off the track in a first lap incident but stayed upright and recovered his composure quickly, going from 16th on lap one to eighth at the end.

Capirossi, who had run most of the race in fourth position, was instantly promoted to third when Valentino Rossi's machine stopped while leading on lap 21, and this also advanced Gibernau from his long time ninth to eighth place. Capirossi, with eventual third placed rider Dani Pedrosa in his sights as the laps counted down, pushed his way to second on the last lap and repulsed a last corner counterattack from Pedrosa to take second, only 1.929 seconds from the win.

Loris Capirossi
`When I was riding with Marco I saw that Valentino was out, so I thought that I would be on the podium right then. Then I saw Marco catching Dani, so on the last few laps I tried to keep with him and see if it was possible to overtake Dani on the last lap. I did it and kept him behind me, so this second position is very good for me´.

`This track is not one of the best for us, in the rain it seems to be better, but we finished on the podium in second, and got really good championship points. Thanks to the whole Ducati team and the Bridgestone guys´.

Sete Gibernau
`We did not so bad and congratulations to Loris. The result he got means that Bridgestone did a good job. At the first corner someone went way too deep and threw me off of the track, so that was my race decided. It was difficult to find my rhythm after that but from then on I just tried to catch up. We need to keep working on the set-up a little bit but I felt much more comfortable today. We made a step forward again and now I have to look forward. It was one more race in which we improved things´.

MotoGP, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Ducati Marlboro Team

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