2006 MotoGP Championship - Round 12 - Brno, Czech Republic - August 18/19/20 - Coverage by MCNEWS.COM.AU
Ducati Day 3 Report
|Ducati Marlboro Team rider Loris
Capirossi rode a remarkable race at Brno today, leaving the rest of
the MotoGP grid trailing in his wake for his second victory of 2006.
The Italian led from start to finish, increasing his advantage at an
astonishing rate until he was eighth seconds ahead, he then eased
his pace to win by a very comfortable 4.9 seconds. Team-mate Alex
Hofmann, subbing for the injured Sete Gibernau, had a more difficult
race, finishing 16th.
Today's victory was greeted enthusiastically but it also had his crew wondering what might have been if he hadn't suffered injuries at June's Catalan GP that handicapped him at the next four GPs. Capirossi led the World Championship going into Catalunya and currently lies fifth overall.
The Ducati Marlboro Team stays here to test for two days when Capirossi will have his first ride on the team's 2007 bike, the all-new 800cc GP7.
Capirossi's fifth MotoGP victory also makes a little bit of history - the former 125 and 250 World Champion now has the longest winning career in GP history, spanning more than 16 years. Capirossi scored his first victory in the British 125 GP at Donington on August 5 1990.
LORIS CAPIROSSI, race winner, 5th
overall on 151 points
"Yesterday I could see my rhythm on race tyres was really good, a little better than everyone else's, so this morning I told my team that my dream was to make a great start, push hard during the first few laps, make a gap and I saw from my pitboard that my advantage was growing bigger and bigger. I would like to say from my heart thanks to the team and all the sponsors who believe in us. Of course, I am also a little upset about my bad luck at Barcelona but the three-week break before this race was a big help, it allowed me to rest and get my fitness back, so I came here feeling 100 per cent.
"I don't want to talk about the world championship yet. I will just do my best at the last five races and we will see, you never know. We stay here to test tomorrow. First we try some new tyres on the GP6, then in the afternoon maybe we try the new 800. I will be like a kid tonight, too excited to sleep!"
ALEX HOFMANN, finished 16th, 17th
overall on 21 points
LIVIO SUPPO, Ducati MotoGP project
Temperatures: Ambient: 24 degrees. Track: 36 degrees