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Capirossi bounces back in the Czech Republic

Capirossi bounces back in the Czech Republic

Capirossi bounces back in the Czech Republic

A second victory of the season for Loris Capirossi was achieved in spellbinding fashion by the Ducati rider, who has struggled to come back from a crash at Catalunya earlier this year. Capirossi took the holeshot and continued to pull away from the pack, at one point eight seconds ahead of second placed rider Valentino Rossi, who had a rather more difficult time battling with young pretender Dani Pedrosa.

Camel Yamaha's Italian star certainly had his hands full with the rookie who, after following behind for a number of laps, pushed past the reigning World Champion on lap 19. There then followed a series of exchanges between the two, ending on the final lap when Pedrosa misjudged a corner and lost valuable time. It had been the first direct back-and-forth battle between the two, a moment that fans had been waiting for.

Having dropped down the field in the initial stages of the race, Kenny Roberts Jr fought his way back to take an impressive fourth from the front row. The former 500cc World Champion had his hands full with a number of riders going all-out to improve their positions, with the eventual top six being rounded off by Marco Melandri and Casey Stoner. The young Australian showed great maturity throughout the race and avoided another of the crashes that have plagued him this season whilst in good positions.

John Hopkins made a late push to get past both Shinya Nakano and World Championship leader Nicky Hayden, who saw his championship lead cut to 25 points with a ninth place finish. Colin Edwards completed the top ten.


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