Malaysian GP: Bridgestone/Ducati race notes

Sepang -- September 25th, 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix The Party Continues: Second Straight Victory for Loris Capirossi, First Podium for Carlos Checa The party of Bridgestone and Ducati continues: After winning last week's Japanese Grand Prix in...

Sepang -- September 25th, 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix The Party Continues: Second Straight Victory for Loris Capirossi, First Podium for Carlos Checa

The party of Bridgestone and Ducati continues: After winning last week's Japanese Grand Prix in Motegi, Loris Capirossi was unbeatable again in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. The 32-year-old Italian stormed to pole position on Saturday, and took off to a clear victory in the race, almost two seconds ahead of newly crowned MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi.

The supreme package of bike and tyres was confirmed by Capirossi's team-mate Carlos Checa, who started from the third row on the grid, and ended the race with his first podium finish aboard his Bridgestone-fitted Ducati, just fractions of a second behind Rossi Suzuki riders Kenny Roberts and John Hopkins completed Bridgestone's day with a strong seventh and ninth position, and the score would have been even better if Kawasaki star Shinya Nakano hadn't run into bad luck early on in the race. Nakano had rocketed from fourth place on the grid into second position, only to be taken out by Honda rider Sete Gibernau when the Spaniard lost the front in the second lap.

Loris Capirossi -- Ducati Marlboro Team -- 1st position "What a fantastic week for us! We had a lot of different tyre choices for this race, and we worked very hard in practice to understand what the best solutions would be for the tough conditions out there. After the qualifying practice we were very confident not only because of my pole position, but also because I was consistently fast again. I got a good start and took the lead of the race, but I just wanted to control the pack behind me and not try too hard in order to save the tyres for later in the race. Only when I saw on my pitboard that Valentino was closing in, I started to push because I knew it wasn't going to be easy against a seven-time World Champion! Sure enough he passed me at some stage, but I took my chances and overtook him again, and managed to stay ahead from that point on. This victory and this double podium finish with Carlos is fantastic, even better than Motegi, because we've arrived at the maximum -- better isn't possible. We have a fantastic bike and fantastic tyres right now, and we have a great cooperation with Bridgestone in the development of our whole package. Now I am third in the championship, which is incredible -- and I feel strong enough to win even more GP's this year!"

Carlos Checa -- Ducati Marlboro Team -- 3rd position "I managed to get a really good start from my third row grid position, but when I wanted to flick my bike into the first corner, I saw Nicky inside of me, touched him and ran wide which changed the race for me quite a bit I was only eighth after one lap and kept my own pace from that point on, which brought me in reach of the leading group again. It was a lot of fun to fight with Nicky, even though it's not easy to find your place when you hit the brakes at more than 200 kph. After passing him, I was able to close in on Valentino, but there was no way to attack him. He closed the inside lines in a very clever way, and there was no chance on the outside lines either, so my last option was to wait if he would run wide in one of the turns -- but it's not the first time that he has been riding a bike! Even though, third place is a great result for me, and it shows that the initial sacrifices in the new cooperation with Bridgestone paid off in the long run. Bike and tyres are great now, we've arrived at the top, and people must recognise that there is a brave new challenger to fight Michelin who have been dominant in the MotoGP class for many years!"

Akira Nishimura - General Manager of Motorcycle Racing - Bridgestone Corporation "Congratulations to Loris Capirossi and the Ducati Corse Team for a superb victory once again. We have believed in the winning potential of this partnership from the beginning and it is wonderful to personally witness this occasion. Our hearts go out to Mr.Livio Suppo and his family in these hard times, and we thank him for believing in us. Lastly I would like to congratulate Mr. Valentino Rossi and Yamaha for their championship this year. It is certainly an exciting challenge for us to compete against such a class act."

Hiroshi Yamada - Motorcycle Racing Manager -- Bridgestone Motorsport "This was another fantastic day for us! Our riders finally went for the same tyres that worked so well in Motegi, which proved to be the right decision. We brought different compounds to this race to suit the higher temperatures here in Malaysia, and it was a positive surprise for us that the Motegi compound works well in such a wide range of conditions, and gave our riders the same level of confidence again. We were sure of another good race after yesterday's qualifying because the performance of our tyres was really good, and the race results of Loris and Carlos confirm our high expectations -- a big thank you to both of them and to the Ducati Team, they all tried and worked very hard to make this result possible. At the same time, we are very sorry for Shinya Nakano who could have battled within the front group without this incident!"

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Carlos Checa , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Sete Gibernau , Shinya Nakano , Kenny Roberts Jr. , John Hopkins , Livio Suppo
Teams Ducati Team