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Canny Capirossi pleased to be back on the podium

Canny Capirossi pleased to be back on the podium

Loris Capirossi's brilliant ride to second place in the scorching heat at the Sachsenring on Sunday saw him return to the podium for the first time since Turkey earlier this season and came in part as a result of his tyre selection at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

Loris Capirossi's brilliant ride to second place in the scorching heat at the Sachsenring on Sunday saw him return to the podium for the first time since Turkey earlier this season and came in part as a result of his tyre selection at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

The popular Italian started seventh on the grid and was on the pace in the second half of the German contest, unlike many of his fellow Bridgestone riders and in particular team-mate Casey Stoner who dropped from pole position to fifth due to tyre issues. Capirossi chose a different Bridgestone rear compound to Stoner and his choice paid dividends in the latter stages of the race.

Afterwards Capirossi enthused: "It's been a long time, but I'm back! My team worked really hard here to find the best solution for the race. We changed the weight distribution, putting more weight on the front to give me more confidence going into the turns. The first half of the season was tough but I hope that we have now found a good way to go quick for the rest of the season."

"My thanks also to the Bridgestone guys, because we worked hard to choose the best race tyres, deciding to use a different rear from most of the other Bridgestone riders."

"At the start of the race I didn't push too hard, my tactic was to save the tyres, so I stayed behind Marco [Melandri] in fourth place. Later on I was able to continue my rhythm and move forward. I knew Nicky (Hayden) was coming during the last laps but I had enough to hold on."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Loris Capirossi

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