Feels wrong calling this a ‘race report’ as the Pramac Duacti team got off to the worst start possible with both riders failing to finish the race – Randy De Puniet, who had shown flashes of pace throughout practice and qualifying, managed to highside on the first lap. During the mayhem De Puniet’s front wheel hit the clutch of fellow Pramac rider Loris Capirossi who was then forced to retire a couple of laps later with severe hand pain.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director
“I think this is the first time that such a thing happens to me: both riders out of the race after a few turns on a clash between them. These things happen and there’s not much to say about it. We are naturally very disappointed because after the warm we were expecting a good race. Now we have to think about the future, we are only at the first race of the championship and we will have many opportunities to make up for it.”
Loris Capirossi – DNF
“Disappointed, but in racing these things can happen. I am very sorry it had to happen with my new team-mate who has no faults however. Again, anything can happen in racing. We now hope that fortune turns around and we will have better luck next time. The only positive aspect is that the hand is not broken, I felt a lot of pain and I had some concerns, but we will be in Jerez!”
Randy De Puniet – DNF
“I’m sorry for the fall and to have the misfortune to hit my team-mate. The rear tire was probably still cold on the left side and as soon as I opened the throttle the bike raised in the air and all of a sudden I found my nose on the ground. It ‘s really a shame because we were very confident after the good warm up that we had done. The only thing we can do do is think of Jerez where in two weeks time we will try to redeem this unfortunate weekend.”
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