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Capirossi storms to victory on Bridgestones in Brno Bridgestone-shod Ducati rider Loris Capirossi scored a sensational win in Brno this afternoon after a dominant display which saw the Italian finish the 22-lap race with a five second advantage...

Capirossi storms to victory on Bridgestones in Brno

Bridgestone-shod Ducati rider Loris Capirossi scored a sensational win in Brno this afternoon after a dominant display which saw the Italian finish the 22-lap race with a five second advantage over runner-up Valentino Rossi, the man who beat him into second in last year's event. The sensational result takes his and Bridgestone's 2006 win tally to two. Capirossi also set the fastest lap of the race (1m58.157s) with a four-tenth-of-a-second margin. Such was the competitiveness of the Ducati-Bridgestone package in Brno this afternoon that over one-third of Capirossi's laps in the race were quicker than second-placed man Rossi's best lap.

Suzuki and Kawasaki also showed good race pace on their Bridgestone tyres with John Hopkins and Shinya Nakano separated by just under two-tenths at the chequered flag. Hopkins Suzuki team-mate Chris Vermeulen ended a difficult weekend in 12th place, two ahead of Kawasaki rider Randy de Puniet, who scored his seventh points result of the season. A further two places further back was Ducati's Alex Hofmann who finished in 16th place just out of the points.

Loris's victory bolsters his fifth place in the world championship with the points deficit to the leader now just 50 points. With only 25 points gap to second place, there is all to play for in the remaining five events of the year. Points scored by John and Shinya today have seen them retain top ten places in the classification with 9th and 10th respectively.

Loris Capirossi – Ducati Corse – Race Winner: "This has been an unbelievable weekend for me! After a difficult Friday, we did a great job with strong support from Bridgestone. Yesterday, I could see my rhythm on race tyres was really good, a little better than everyone else's, so 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 fro my heart thanks to the team and all the sponsors who believe in us."

In attendance today, Akira Nishimura - Bridgestone Corporation - General Manager Motorcycle Racing "I am very pleased with this result. Each of our three teams have performed well this weekend, so I would like to say congratulations and thank you to all of them. Loris's performance was flawless. He has been quick all weekend and has frequently topped the timesheets, but his competitiveness this afternoon far exceeded our expectations. This victory means a lot to Bridgestone."

Junichi Kawajiri - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager Motorcycle Race Tire Development "A tremendous performance from Loris this afternoon has produced the perfect end to a competitive weekend for him and Ducati. Their approach to the weekend has been correct with a strong emphasis on bike set-up and long run simulations in free practice, which demonstrated the superior competitiveness of their bike with one Bridgestone tyre specification in particular. Ultimately, all three Bridgestone-shod teams raced with this specification and both Suzuki and Kawasaki were able to take away top eight results with John and Shinya passing Nicky Hayden in the final stages of the race. We always had high hopes for this race and we are pleased to add a second victory to our 2006 account. That first win in Jerez back in March seems a long time ago, but we now have a run of favoured tracks coming up where we will do our best to add a third. The work never stops and we are testing here from tomorrow with all three teams, six race riders and test rider Shinichi Itoh. We have a wide range of tyre compounds, constructions and shapes to try, as we begin our preparation for Malaysia, Australia and Japan GPs. Today's result certainly boosts our confidence and team morale heading into the next events."

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Shinya Nakano , John Hopkins , Randy de Puniet , Shinichi Ito , Alex Hofmann