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Dust finally settles at Valencia as MotoGP teams pack up

Dust finally settles at Valencia as MotoGP teams pack up

Dust finally settles at Valencia as MotoGP teams pack up

After a weekend of intense racing action followed by three days of non-stop testing, the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia was at last bathed in hush this evening as the six remaining MotoGP teams packed up their trucks and rolled out of the paddock. With the dust yet to properly settle at the track after the final round of the 2003 MotoGP World Championship, Fortuna Yamaha, Marlboro Ducati, Alice Aprilia, Fuchs Kawasaki, Pramac Honda and Proton Team KR had all stayed on to begin their preparations in earnest for 2004.

Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss enjoyed the warm autumnal Mediterranean sunshine to test a series of modifications to their 2003 bikes, and both lapped quicker than their race pace from Sunday on the same tyres. The Italian completed 80 laps over the two days with a best time of 1'33.4 (almost five-tenths quicker than his fastest race lap of 1'33.89), whilst Bayliss stepped up his pace by almost a second, clocking a fastest time of 1' 33.5 after completing a mammoth total of 121 laps. The aim of the test was to develop new components designed to improve the bike's handling, in particular at a difficult and twisty track like Valencia.

Ducati have confirmed that their next test will be at Jerez from the 24th to the 26th November before returning to Valencia in early December.

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MotoGP, 2003

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