Rizla Suzuki riders Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen finished the first lap of the Indianapolis MotoGP in just 14th and 15th places, after both were bumped off-track at turn two (pictured).
Capirossi, who began the race eleventh, went on to fight his way up to seventh at the chequered flag.
"The final position is not too bad, but I am disappointed with my start because it was not very good and on turn two I was involved in a big casino with some other bikes - luckily I didn't come off as bad as Chris!” said the Italian.
14th on the grid Vermeulen had initially made a strong getaway, but clashed with factory Ducati rider Mika Kallio.
“I got a very good start. My reaction time was good, and I was very quick off the line. I made a couple of spots up on the outside in Turn 1. On the entry to Turn 2, I guess I was in 10th or 11th, but I got hit from behind by Kallio and knocked onto the grass. Basically I was last,” said the Australian.
“Calming myself down was the hardest thing to do. I was frustrated, and I was annoyed. I had made a good start, and I had the speed to run sixth or seventh place. I just had to put my head down and just go as quick as I could. We came back up. We were fighting for ninth place and wound up eleventh. I think I rode a very good race.”
Kallio, who finished behind Capirossi in eighth, claimed he had simply been caught up in the chaos, which also saw contact between Aleix Espargaro and Toni Elias.
“I don't know exactly what happened at the start. In the second corner, there was a big smash, and riders were everywhere and I couldn't do anything,” said the Finn, 13th at the end of lap one. “After that, I did the best that I could, and today the eighth position is not too bad. The gap in front of me was really too big, and I am not so happy about that. If you think about how this race went, our result wasn't too bad.”