Loris Capirossi said he was concerned that he could not understand why he crashed during qualifying at Phillip Island. The Suzuki rider will start last following the accident, which saw him land heavily on his back after suffering a high-side on the way into the Hayshed corner. The crash left Capirossi unhurt but perplexed.
"It was really tough conditions today, but we have a bigger problem at the moment because we don't know why I have crashed again," he said. "I went out on a used tire and I followed Colin [Edwards] – he had a new front and rear tire – and I went slower than him, but when I changed direction to go on the right side the bike just went from under me, this just feels so strange and I don't know why.
"When you try hard and you make a mistake then it is normal to crash, but I didn't make a mistake so I don't know why the rear went away. I am in a bad position for the start tomorrow, but we will have to see what happens because I know I have to go better in the race."
Capirossi's teammate Alvaro Bautista qualified 14th on the second Suzuki, as the team lost ground again following recent progress.