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Ducati face another new challenge at tight and twisty Sachsenring

Ducati face another new challenge at tight and twisty Sachsenring

Ducati face another new challenge at tight and twisty Sachsenring

The Ducati Marlboro Team begins the second half of its debut MotoGP season at what promises to be one of the most demanding tracks for its power-laden Desmosedici machine. The tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit is unknown territory for most of the team members, including rider Troy Bayliss, but technical director Corrado Cecchinelli insists that his engineers will be instructed to stick by their guns and resist the option of taming the Desmosedici´s power by reprogramming its engine-management system.

`We always want to have more power!´ smiles Cecchinelli. `We look at it this way – at slower tracks the riders have the opportunity of opening the throttle less! But we will be working on front-end confidence because both our riders had trouble with that in Donington´s tighter turns and there are plenty of slow corners at the Sachsenring. At Brno we worked mostly on tailoring our settings specifically for that circuit, so we can go there next month in good shape´.

It appears to be a difficult task for Ducati, with the fledgling Desmosedici yet to catch up with the likes of Honda in terms of handling and overall performance. However, they will be heartened by unexpected results at unfamiliar tracks, such as Capirossi´s pole position at Assen, and their fourth and fifth place in the overall rider standings. `We come to Germany in positive mood,´ confirms team director Livio Suppo. `The Sachsenring looks like an unusual circuit but it seems that we have a good base set-up for our machines, so we can adapt well from one track to the next´.

Hear what Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss had to say about this race by following the link to the video interviews on the right of this page.

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MotoGP, 2003

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