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Suppo: ‘We can't win every race'

Suppo: ‘We can't win every race'

Ducati Marlboro's MotoGP project director Livio Suppo was in a pragmatic mood after the ninth round of the 2007 World Championship saw Casey Stoner lead for much of the race at the A-Style TT Assen, before finishing second when he was overtaken by title rival Valentino Rossi with four laps to go.

Ducati Marlboro's MotoGP project director Livio Suppo was in a pragmatic mood after the ninth round of the 2007 World Championship saw Casey Stoner lead for much of the race at the A-Style TT Assen, before finishing second when he was overtaken by title rival Valentino Rossi with four laps to go.

Stoner dominated the early stages after a brilliant start from the front row of the grid, but he was slightly distracted by the windy conditions and was unable to fend off the rampant Rossi in the closing laps.

When Ducati brought the 21 year old Stoner in at the start of the current season it is unlikely that they would have envisaged him leading the World Championship by 21 points at the half way stage, and having seen the Australian beat Rossi in several head to head battles this year the Assen result will be little cause for concern.

Stoner's team-mate Loris Capirossi meanwhile has not been enjoying quite such good form thus far in 2007 and Assen brought further disappointment as he was forced to retire with a possible clutch slip problem on lap 17 when in 15th position.

After the action at the Dutch circuit had concluded Ducati boss Suppo philosophically commented: "We cannot win every race, Casey put in just an unbelievable performance, but Valentino had something extra today. Casey had another great race, so we are very happy about that. Loris had some problems with the clutch, though still we have to investigate exactly what happened. It's really been a season of bad luck for Loris."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE TT ASSEN

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