Rumours are flying around that Capirossi may not have long left in the Pramac Ducati team due to his lack of pace when compared to Randy De Puniet and his poor results. His hard forght 9th place finish at the Catalunya MotoGP today, probably gives him some breathing room – but it was a depleted field out there today.
Randy De Puniet’s bad luck got even worse as he once again failed to finish a race after being shunted off track by Hiroshi Aoyama. Aoyama admitted the fault was his, but De Puniet’s race was over.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Team Technical Director
“Today’s race was pretty positive. Of course it was nothing exceptional, but Loris’ result gives us hope for the future. We were coming through quite a negative period, as good luck seemed to have forgotten us: many crashes, some sub-par performance—we were a little demoralized. Today we brainstormed some good basics: just to have found a good setting for Loris and the bike is a good start. We have faith for the next round, at Silverstone. We know where to start, and we’ll focus our work to further improve the bike’s setup.”
Loris Capirossi – Pramac Racing Team – 9th in race – 15th in MotoGP standings
“Today’s result was definitely good. I fought hard, and I don’t even know how many passes I made in the race. It’s actually hard to find a negative; even the start was quite good. I want to consider Barcelona a starting point for a new direction. Now we shouldn’t get lost with bad choices, and we’ll work like we did over this weekend. I would like to thank my team for helping me today, because our result is due to their efficiency.”
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing Team – DNF – 16th in MotoGP standings
“I’m not at all happy with how things went, as I’m going through a difficult period. At Le Mans, I was out after just one lap, and things weren’t much different today. I don’t know what happened with Aoyama; I saw him coming into me while I was exiting the first corner. It’s really a shame because I was very motivated. I had a good feeling with the bike in the early kilometers, and I thought I could do well. I hope that I haven’t hurt my ankle. It makes a strange noise when I walk, so I hope the ligaments aren’t broken.”
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