Following a disastrous opening round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar, Pramac Ducati scored its first points of the season at Jerez, but only after more issues for both riders.
Having been forced to retire in the same accident early on in the Qatar Grand Prix, Randy de Puniet and Loris Capirossi were looking to make amends in Spain by getting good points on the board.
However, de Puniet's charge was ended by a fall on lap 16, the Frenchman claiming he was having problems with the front wheel prior to the tumble.
"I'm disappointed and angry about what happened. I had a bad start, I was relegated in the last positions,” said de Puniet, who has now registered two DNFs in a row. “Then I started pushing, I was doing well, until I found major problems with the front wheel. I tried to change the mapping, but I was not able to do it.
“I found it extremely difficult to manage the bike and when I slipped I couldn't manage to restart the bike. Now I only have to think about doing well at Estoril, because this beginning of the championship hasn't been good at all.”
Capirossi, meanwhile, was struck with mechanical issues that slowed his progress, though the experienced Italian was able to keep going to capitalise on problems for others to finish 11th.
“I see the race as a positive race even if I finished so far from the first positions as I had to ride with a broken spark plug. We could have done better, we understood some things, we will try to put them in practice for Estoril.
In the meantime, Capirossi is set to travel to Monaco for consultation on his pained shoulder.
“The break arrive at the right time, in fact, I'll go to Monaco for a consultation with the head of the hospital. I hope I will be able to begin soon therapy on the shoulder to face the next race in the best possible way.”