Capirossi apologises to crew after crash

Loris Capirossi apologised to his Suzuki team after crashing out of fifth place early in the Qatar Grand Prix

Capirossi apologises to crew after crash

The Italian had grabbed second place at the start, but soon fell back and then slid out on lap eight.

He said the bike had lost a lot of performance as the track conditions changed following Sunday night's storms.

"I feel really sorry for the whole team, because all winter we have worked so hard and have gone quite well so this was hard to take," said Capirossi.

"It was really strange today because our practice has been good, but in this evening's warm-up I had a big problem with chatter, this hadn't happened all weekend and then during the race it was the same.

"The front tyre didn't work like normal either, I had done 25 to 30 laps on the same tyre with no problems and the feeling had always been good, but today after just five laps it felt like it was destroyed.

"This race is over now and we have to concentrate on the next one and find out why the things that happened today occurred."

Team boss Paul Denning was determined to get to the bottom of Suzuki's race night slump.

"Without doubt it was the right thing for MotoGP to stay on and race here at Qatar tonight, but unfortunately for Rizla Suzuki our bike worked quite differently than it had done all weekend for both riders," he said.

"We suffered from a serious lack of front grip and some bad vibration which restricted both the guys. Clearly some of our competitors were far less affected by the different conditions and the team - and factory - will be working very hard to understand the difference in performance between tonight and the rest of the weekend."

Chris Vermeulen gave Suzuki some consolation by taking seventh on the team's other bike, despite also falling off the pace.

"The track conditions were a bit different to what it had been all weekend and it was very different to the test which was how I had the bike set-up, and to be honest I really struggled for front-end feeling," he said.

"Towards the end of the race the rear tyre performance dropped off as well so that's something we've really got to work on.

"It was not the result we wanted because we were hoping to be in the top-five. We have got quite a bit of work to do to catch up to the podium so we need to put our thinking caps on and go to Motegi and have a better performance."

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