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Elías makes Capirossi apology

Elías makes Capirossi apology

San Carlo Honda Gresini rider sorry for last lap error.

Toni Elías was fighting for sixth position at the Alice TT Assen when he ran off track, relegating him to twelfth and causing a late problem for Loris Capirossi. The Spaniard apologised publicly to the experienced Italian after the race, and looked ahead to the next round at Laguna Seca.

Toni Elias - 12th

"I'm happy because it looks like little by little we're making progress. The problem here was that I qualified badly yesterday, I got a bad start today and a lost so much time at the start of the race fight with Sete, Talmacsi, Takahashi and Canepa. It was only three laps but it felt like a lifetime! Once I got free of them I was able to keep passing riders until there was three seconds of clear track in front of me to the second group, which I was able to close down. There were some really hard riders in that group and it was a lot of fun. I want to publicly apologise to Capirossi though because I was very late into the last chicane and ran us both off track. I feel bad for him but I just had to give it everything I had today. Race Direction have decided to penalise me for it, which I have to accept, but the most important thing about today was the performance and not the result."

Alex De Angelis - 10th

"From the first lap to about three quarter distance it was a good race for me, fighting in a group for seventh place. We've been working hard to find rear traction recently and made some progress at the Barcelona test that has helped us here and I think we have gathered more interesting data to help us move forward. Unfortunately it was the front tyre that we struggled with today. From about halfway through it was pretty worn and the front was folding on me more and more. I almost crashed on a few occasions so decided it was best to back off and settle for the position I was in. It is not exactly where we want to be but I think we are getting closer and I'm excited about taking this progress to America."

MotoGP, 2009, ALICE TT ASSEN, Alex de Angelis, Toni Elias, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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