Alex de Angelis will start Saturday's Dutch TT from eleventh on the grid after being badly blocked in the closing stages of qualifying.

The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider was visibly furious after Loris Capirossi backed off in front of him exiting the final chicane, having already lost time negotiating his way around rookie Gabor Talmacsi's Scot Honda.

"It's a shame that Capirossi and Talmacsi got in my way through the last couple of corners of my last lap because I know I could have gone much faster," said the San Marinese. "I'm sure Loris didn't do it on purpose but he is very experienced and it was a big mistake for him to make.

"I'm not angry but obviously very frustrated because I'm sure I would have moved ahead of de Puniet on the grid and maybe even Toseland, which would have meant an extra row and that would have been really important to me.

"The good thing is that I did a 1min 38.0sec on a race tyre and that is encouraging for tomorrow, even though I think it's going to rain," he added.

Team-mate Toni Elias had only himself to blame for 15th on the grid.

"To be honest everything worked better today but in the end I screwed it up," admitted the Spaniard. "I have to hold my hands up and say that I made the wrong decision and it is my fault we're down in 15th place, which is not good enough, so I want to apologise to the team.

"Basically I spent the last few laps looking for a tow but by the time I got one and tried to push for a good grid position, the tyre temperature had dropped too low. It was the last lap and it didn't work out like I thought it would. We can't do anything about it now - the only option is to get a good start and pull back as many positions as I can."

"Everybody has to take responsibility, myself included, to make sure that our riders start to move up the order and start performing at a level that reflects the true potential of this team structure and the machinery available to us," stated team manager Fausto Gresini.

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