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Ducati Marlboro Team reflect on key test in Malaysia

Ducati Marlboro Team reflect on key test in Malaysia

Ducati Marlboro Team reflect on key test in Malaysia

Three days of intense testing at the Sepang Circuit concluded with a positive balance sheet and evident satisfaction on the faces of the entire Ducati Marlboro Team. The Italian factory came face to face with what has been the benchmark in four-stroke MotoGP racing so far, the Honda RC211V, and more than held their own as Loris Capirossi set some blistering times aboard the Desmosedici. However, with Troy Bayliss making his first ever visit to the circuit, the factory insist the test was about much more than just quick laps.

`Three days of tests in an extreme climate provided us with useful information for the development of the engine and the bike,´ declared Ducati Corse Technical Director Filippo Preziosi. `In particular we obtained positive results regarding the engine reliability with high water temperatures. After this new experience, we can now continue with the development of the bike, trying to define the best settings for each type of circuit, but above all testing different solutions for the fundamental parts of the bike such as the frame, the swing-arm, the steering yoke and ergonomic components. We can only be satisfied with the times obtained as well as the information provided.´

Both riders turned up the heat on the final day, in particular Bayliss, who ended the test with a time of 2:04.0, improving his initial effort by 2.5 seconds to move 0.4 seconds inside Alex Barros´ pole position time from the 2002 GP. Capirossi was also on the pace, setting a 2:03.9. `If we consider that we have never been to the circuit before and had no reference data, the results are much better than expected,´ commented the Italian. `We didn´t come here to set quick times, that would have been asking too much. Nevertheless we were able to work a lot on the set-up and try out different tyres and configurations. We still have a few traction problems with the tight curves on this track, but we are on the right path.´

MotoGP, 2003, Ducati Marlboro Team

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