Great footage of the 2006 Catalunya MotoGP when Ducati riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau collide with one another – Capirossi is thrown over the handlebar and gets knocked out cold. The Ducati’s end up taking out Marco Melandri, Randy De Puniet, and Dani Pedrosa in the process. All on the first turn.
This video shows the accident (fortunately none of the riders were too seriously injured), but arguably it caused Loris Capirossi to miss the best opportunity he had of becoming MotoGP World Champion, as he was really starting to show the potential of the Ducati in 2006.
At the time, Livio Suppo (Ducati Team Manager) said:
“The first corner of any race is always tricky. But the fact that both riders came out of such a big crash without serious injuries is a great testament to the protection offered by the latest riding gear. Unfortunately, this is the worst moment of the season to sustain an injury, with three races over three weekends and another two over the next three weekends. Maybe Loris will be able to race at Assen but we can’t be sure when Sete will be ready.
We were unlucky to lose both our riders in the accident. Looking at the lap times, we could have scored some good points today. Our congratulations to Bridgestone who had a much better weekend here than they had here last year, with a fourth-place finish, only 13,4 behind the winner. That proves once again how much they have improved at what was a difficult track for them. Although today was a bad day for us, this fact certainly boosts the team’s mood for the remainder of the season.”
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