Ducati Marlboro Team men Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi made a brilliant start to the Turkish Grand Prix today, ending the first day of practice fastest and second fastest. Their pace proves the strengths of the Desmosedici GP7 and shows that Bridgestone has made huge strides forward since last year’s race at Istanbul Park.

This morning’s opening session was run in cool, damp conditions, but the weather improved substantially for this afternoon’s outing, when track temperature reached 35 degrees.


CASEY STONER, fastest, 1m 54.200s


“That was really good, the last run was my first time on new tyres since I first went out this morning. We tried a different rear, so we’ve only used two rears from our selection and we’ve got another couple to try tomorrow. It would be nice if we can find an even better one. Everything seems pretty comfortable, pretty good at the moment. We haven’t changed the settings too much from Jerez, so obviously the team did the right things for this circuit. For sure we need to improve the bike before we get to the race but track conditions are going to change a lot, so we don’t know how our current settings will work by the time the race comes around. As always, we’re trying to make the bike as perfect as possible, we need it to turn a bit better, with a little more traction and a little less pumping. Once we’ve got those things we should have quite a good package. I’ve had some pretty good results in the past here so it would be nice if we can continue that. It’s not my favourite track, it’s very technical and it’s difficult for set-up but we seem to be doing the right job at the moment. Also, it’s good to see Loris back on form, you can see it in his eyes. It’s nice that both of us are running up front.”


LORIS CAPIROSSI, 2nd fastest, 1m 54.979s

“I’m very satisfied. We’ve worked really well on bike set-up so I’m enjoying riding again and that’s good. We made some adjustments for more front-end feeling and I felt better with every lap, so we will continue working in this direction and I think I can improve even more. The first two races were quite demanding for me but now I’m back up front and that’s important. Bridgestone are doing a great job with the tyres. The front we are using here is a hard tyre and a bit difficult on the first lap, but after that it works really well. The rear is also hard but it’s quite consistent over a lot of laps and that’s encouraging. This morning the track conditions were really difficult but bit by bit they improved. It’s a bit like Qatar, the times will drop further tomorrow and many riders will be faster. I feel in great shape, I look forward tomorrow and Sunday’s race.”



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