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Ducati Marlboro pair philosophical after disappointing day

Ducati Marlboro pair philosophical after disappointing day

Ducati Marlboro riders Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi finished today's Gran Premio d'Italia Alice in somewhat disappointing fourth and seventh places respectively, having both briefly held the lead early in the race.

Ducati Marlboro riders Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi finished today's Gran Premio d'Italia Alice in somewhat disappointing fourth and seventh places respectively, having both briefly held the lead early in the race.

Stoner of course started on pole for the first time this season and maintained the lead for the opening three laps, before Capirossi took over for a couple of laps to whip the Italian crowd into a frenzy.

However, as the race progressed the Ducati factory riders were unable to maintain the positions they would have hoped for, as first Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa and then Ducati satellite rider Alex Barros got past Stoner, whilst Capirossi fell further back.

Though both Ducati Marlboro men would have been disappointed immediately post-race they can take solace from the fact Stoner retains his first place in the riders' World Championship - while the team and Ducati also lead the teams' and constructors' World Championships respectively - with a third of the season gone.

Reflecting on his day's work Stoner tried to remain positive as he commented: "I knew before the race that we didn't have the best setting, while at the past circuits I've been very confident going into the race. But at this circuit we just couldn't really find the best setting so for a bad result for us I think really it's a great one. I think we can do much better for the future races."

Meanwhile, Capirossi added: "I gave everything I had today and things were going well at the start. Then I had two big moments, first at Arrabbiata 1, then at Arrabbiata 2. I lost the front and risked crashing, so that lost me some confidence in the front and I wasn't able to maintain such a fast pace, I had to slow my rhythm. Anyway, it was good to be up front again and we will work to improve some more during practice at Barcelona next weekend."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Ducati Marlboro Team

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