Pramac Ducati endured a miserable afternoon at Misano with Randy de Puniet scoring the team's only points in 14th. The Frenchman was over a minute off the lead by the end of the race and blamed a lack of confidence with the front of the bike for the poor result.
“I'm disappointed. After Indianapolis, I thought things would go better, but this weekend was really negative in terms of my feeling with the bike. Even the heat didn't help me, but what really didn't work was the front end. I wanted to finish better, like in Indianapolis, where I was able to get into the top ten. I must forget this race in a hurry and think of Aragon, with the desire to do well.”
De Puniet's Track Engineer Marco Rigamonti had a more philosophical view and believes the team need to accept the outcome and move on to Aragon.
“We used the same bike that we did in qualifying yesterday, but in both the warm-up and the race, Randy didn't find the right feeling, especially with the front tyre. At least we made it to the finish. We don't have many opportunities to try various solutions at the moment, so we have to be happy with what we have.”
Meanwhile, Loris Capirossi ended his final home grand prix in disappointing fashion. The Italian, who will retire at the end of the year, had problems with the chain on his Ducati which cost him so much time there was little point continuing.
“Today was another unfortunate day. We managed to do something good during the warm-up, but the race was really a disaster. I had a problem with the clutch on the start, and then another one with the chain as a result. I came back to the garage to try to fix the situation, but it was useless because the gap to the others had become huge in the meantime.”