Capirossi wins MotoGP at Jerez

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Loris Capirossi of Italy won the MotoGP in Sunday's season-opening Spanish Grand Prix.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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Loris Capirossi of Italy won the MotoGP in Sunday's season-opening Spanish Grand Prix, while world champion and compatriot Valentino Rossi was 14th. Capirossi, who started on the pole, timed 45 minutes, 57.733 seconds. Spain's Daniel Pedrosa, the 250cc world champion, finished second on a Honda, 4.375 seconds behind. US rider Nicky Hayden finished third, 9.996 seconds behind the Italian. Seven-time world champion Rossi was hit by Tony Elias' bike in the first curve, sending him sliding and off the track and forcing him to resume the race from last position. The 27-year-old Italian has a good record at Jerez, having won six times in all classes at the Spanish track. He has won the last four MotoGP races. Spaniards lead Earlier, Spaniards won the two races in lower categories. Jorge Lorenzo won his first 250cc race, covering 16 laps in 45 minutes, 57.390 seconds for Aprilia from the pole. San Marino's Alex de Angelis, also on an Aprilia, was 4.919 seconds behind. Andrea Dovizioso of Italy was 8.865 seconds behind the leader on a Honda. "I've never felt anything like this," Lorenzo said. "I didn't get a good start, but I'm delighted with the win." Alvaro Bautista won the 125cc in 41:42.761, ahead of Lukas Pesek of the Czech Republic by 3.072 seconds. Italy's Mattia Pasini finished third, 6.491 seconds behind Bautista. (AP)

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