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Canepa fails to finish at Indy.

Niccolo Canepa's perfect finishing record as a MotoGP rider came to an end at round twelve in Indianapolis on Sunday, when his Pramac Ducati 'switched off' six laps from the finish.

The Italian rookie was holding 13th place, just behind Toni Elias (Gresini Honda) and Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) when the problem occurred - and felt he had a shot at a top ten finish.

“I was fast. I wanted to ride in the top ten, and it was possible. I could have fought with Elias and Vermeulen, but a problem with the electronic system suddenly switched off my bike,” he said.

“I am very sorry because I needed a good result and I now hope that I will have the possibility to achieve it in Misano,” added the #88.

Following Canepa's exit, and Marco Melandri's crash, new team-mate Aleix Espargaro finished 13th on his MotoGP debut.

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Guitarstrommer - Unregistered

September 01, 2009 3:08 PM

To even finish one of those races is a success in itself! Riding at that level against that field, I would say he's more like the 13th best rider in the world! I'd consider it to be a feather in my hat just to qualify to be on the grid, but that's just me...

Whither Ducati? - Unregistered

September 02, 2009 5:17 AM

Is the Duc really unrideable? If 46 and 99 finish the race, 69 is 5th. 5th is not unreasonable. During the 990s, 69 was consistently top 5 and then stepped up to a consistent top 3 with a season-jumping streak of podium finishes. For 69 to finish top 5 puts him right around his pre-Championship 990 results. Does that mean the Duc is sorted? We need 27 back to serve as yardstick - super fast - Duc OK! If 69 can start to finish top 5 or on the podium more often than not, I'd say the Duc is sorted but that means he (or anyone else) has to beat at least 46, 99, or 3 (or 27*) to get on the box. Who would you put your paycheck on to beat either 46, 99, or 3 to a podium spot? 69? 5? 4?

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