Motivated by the extremely positive result in the Qatar GP, a circuit considered to be the most difficult in the MotoGP World Championship (3rd place for Loris Capirossi and 4th place for Sete Gibernau), the Ducati MotoGP Team men today continued their unrelenting development work on the Ducati Desmosedici GP6 and Bridgestone tyres.

With less wind than yesterday’s race day, a very determined Loris Capirossi, the current championship leader, and Sete Gibernau started to test the engine, chassis set-up and tyres to prepare their Desmosedici for the Turkish GP.


Sete Gibernau (Laps: 64 – Best lap time: 1’56.616)
“It was a highly positive day. We worked to solve the front-end chattering problem that I suffered with yesterday and to improve stability on the straights. The bike has improved and we have learnt one or two things which will be useful on those circuits where we have to race without having tested, like Turkey. We also continued our brilliant work with Bridgestone and today, my pace was better than yesterday. My feeling with my bike improves each time and I’m very happy.”

Loris Capirossi (Laps: 40 – Best lap time: 1’56.770)
“Another good day. We did several tests on the engine mapping and chassis, introducing small improvements which will be useful in the coming races. With the Bridgestone engineers, we also carried out some tyre tests and collected useful data to improve on similar tracks that lack grip. Yesterday my tyres were working well but we never stop trying to improve! This is a really positive time and we’ll do whatever it takes to continue being strong and competitive!”

The Ducati MotoGP Team men are flying home feeling extremely positive about the opening two races of the season, looking forward to the next 15 races and determined to work hard to maintain the high level of competitiveness.

Temperatures: air: 32° – track: 35°/47°

Today’s unofficial lap times
1. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1’55.95
2. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’56.22
3. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’56.35
4. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 1’56.36
5. Sete Gibernau (Ducati) 1’56.61
6. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 1’56.77
7. Toni Elias (Honda) 1’56.86
8. James Ellison (Yamaha) 1’58.18


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