Ducati tests in Mugello
Just ten days after Ducati´s impressive MotoGP debut at Suzuka the team´s intense development programme has been continuing at Mugello.
Bayliss, Capirossi and official test-rider Vittoriano Guareschi have been carrying out a series of important tests at the Tuscan circuit aimed at finding the right set-up for the bikes for the Italian Grand Prix, scheduled for Sunday 8 June.
The riders were riding the development team bikes because the ones used in Japan were sent directly to South Africa for the Welkom race on Sunday 27 April.
Bayliss tested several front suspension geometry solutions aimed at improving his feeling with the Desmosedici, while Capirossi focussed on race set-up. Guareschi concentrated on front suspension settings and also tried out a new rear swing-arm. In collaboration with Michelin engineers, the riders also tried out numerous tyres, recording some interesting times. Loris (1m52.7s) and Troy (1m52.8s) lapped at virtually the same pace after using 2003 race tyres throughout the two-day test.
´We've been playing a lot with different front settings in these two days, and I'm really starting to enjoy the feeling with the bike. I have found something that I like at the front and the set-up looks good for Mugello,´ commented Bayliss.
´I am really pleased with this two-day test´ declared Capirossi. "It's the first time I've ever lapped Mugello on a Ducati and the Desmosedici seems to adapt well to the circuit. I tested a number of things at the front to improve the bike set-up for the Mugello race.´
After the excellent results at Suzuka, the Italian public were present at Mugello to cheer on the Ducati riders. More than 500 ‘ducatisti´ were able to follow the first day of testing, thanks to collaboration with the Mugello circuit, which opened its gates to the public for the first time at a test day.