Ducati maestro Loris Capirossi
dominated Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, leading every inch of the 22 laps to crush the opposition into submission right from the word go.
Obviously incensed at losing out on pole position to Valentino Rossi
on Saturday, Capirossi put in a performance that drew congratulations from 'The Doctor' himself as he opened a one second gap on the first tour of the 5.4-kilometre Brno circuit while the rest sorted themselves out and never looked back.
Consistently pulling out a couple of tenths every lap Capirossi was the only rider capable of lapping in the 1 min 58 secs bracket and had built up an eight second lead before easing off considerably on the final lap to eventually cross the line four seconds ahead of his nearest competition.
Riding with supreme confidence throughout, Capirossi's second win of the 2006 campaign was arguably sweeter than his season-opening win in Jerez considering the injuries he sustained on the opening lap in Barcelona five races ago. With five races remaining this season and a deficit of 50 points to championship leader Nicky Hayden, few would risk counting Loris out of the title chase based on Sunday's performance.
While Capirossi's master class at the head of the field meant that the battle for victory was a non-event, the race was by no means dull behind the red #65 machine.
Pole sitter Rossi and Dani Pedrosa
had emerged from a ten bike battle for second place to run a clear second and third for the balance of the race. In an eagerly awaited duel neither rider disappointed with Pedrosa discovering just how ruthless Rossi can be when he saw several passing attempts blocked at the very last minute.
Pedrosa also discovered how difficult Rossi is to keep behind him for after making two sensational moves in the two uphill chicanes Pedrosa found Rossi retaking the position immediately after on both occasions.
Rossi's lap 18 turn one move seemed to break Pedrosa's challenge slightly and by the time the chequered flag waved Rossi was four seconds to the good over the young Spaniard, who undoubtedly learned many more valuable lessons during the course of their battle.
The fight for fourth place also went down to the last lap with Kenny Roberts
holding off a train of six bikes all the way back to Colin Edwards
in tenth place.