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Capirossi riding in lap record time at Jerez

Capirossi riding in lap record time at Jerez

Capirossi riding in lap record time at Jerez

Loris Capirossi ended the Ducati tests at the Jerez circuit yesterday by setting a blistering time of 1 minute 42.1 seconds, which would have given him the pole at the Gran Premio Marlboro de España, which took place at the Spanish track back in May. The Italian rider rounded off the tests with work on tyres and on the set-up of the Desmosedici machine, having used the traditional firing order engine. Troy Bayliss, meanwhile, used the engine with the Twin Pulse configuration for part of the final day, and also tested rear wheels of both 16.5 and 17 inches.

Ducati Corse´s track Technical Director Corrado Cecchinelli was very frank as he summed up the Jerez session, `These have been important tests for us. For the first time we were able to really put the Desmosedici through its paces and we are very satisfied with the times obtained and the reliability of our new engine. We are still in the development phase however and we know that there is a lot more work to do. At Jerez we were competitive with respect to this year's GP times, and we're obviously very satisfied with that result, but for sure our rivals have also improved since May so we mustn't think that we are already in a good position. What we can say however is that the Desmosedici is going well right from the start and doesn't appear to have any structural problems, and that's positive´.

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MotoGP, 2002, Loris Capirossi

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