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More reaction from Sepang: Ducati and Kawasaki

More reaction from Sepang: Ducati and Kawasaki

More reaction from Sepang: Ducati and Kawasaki

Loris Capirossi (Ducati): "The feeling with the 16.5" front has improved. I'm generally pretty satisfied with the way the three days have gone. The bike is going well, we've made a lot of progress from last year, in particular traction and power delivery have improved and the bike now handles better and is more comfortable. The Ducati engineers have done a good job over the winter and the bike has a lot of potential!"

Troy Bayliss (Ducati): "I went better than yesterday, even though I thought I could have gone quicker. Considering the fact that these are the first tests, I'm pretty pleased with the way things have gone. The bike is new and we're just getting used to it. Unlike last year's bike, you can feel the improvement on this one immediately, and that means we've starting off in the right way. Now we're going to Phillip Island and for sure I'm happy to test on a track I know well, which should help us to get some further indications for the Desmosedici's development."

Neil Hodgson (Ducati): \\\"I am obviously a bit annoyed because we have suffered a lot of setbacks but we have to remain positive because the times are coming fairly easily and today I set a lap which was just two tenths off Loris' fastest lap from the Grand Prix. Now we are heading to Phillip Island and I am looking forward to it because I know the circuit well and that should help me.\\\"

Rubén Xaus (Ducati): "The fact that I wasn't able to put any consistent rhythm together probably affected my concentration and I know for sure that I could have set better times, but we can't lose heart because we still have a lot of work ahead of us and now we are going to one of my favourite circuits. I know Phillip Island well because we raced there with the Superbikes so I hope things will go much better.\\\"

Luis d´Antin: \\\"Obviously this is the time for the problems to emerge and the truth is that in Malaysia we have been dogged by them from start to finish, but having said that both Neil and Ruben have demonstrated their strength and given us reason to expect big things from them this year. Now we have to analyse all the information that they have given us during these tests and keep working hard next week in Australia where I hope things will improve. The fact that we won't have a second bike available until the end of next month has also been an added handicap and that could prove to be the case again at Philip Island.\\\"

Alex Hofmann (Kawasaki): \\\"Today was really tiring, but I\\\'m pretty happy with how things have gone. My time may have been a bit slower than yesterday, but we achieved a better understanding of how we need to move forward with the bike and my pace during the endurance run was good; I managed consistent times on a hard compound tyre that had already done 15 laps before we started. It took me a little time to find my rhythm today, because we were stopping so often to change things, but I guess that\\\'s what we come testing for. I did some runs on some soft compound tyres with different profiles to check endurance for Bridgestone and there is a lot to be positive about on the tyre front. Now I\\\'m off to enjoy a few days holiday in Australia before our next test at Phillip Island.\\\"

Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki): \\\"I was disappointed with being forced to finish early today, as I really wanted to leave here having improved on my best time with the new engine and fresh tyres. I only had the chance to complete a few laps with the new engine, but it was enough to confirm where the improvements have been made. The latest engine made the bike more stable under braking and on corner entry as well as making it easier to chance direction; it doesn\\\'t seem to \\\'push forward\\\' so much on the brakes anymore. We also made a small change to the front of the bike and that was another step forward. The test may have been cut short, but we now know in which direction we need to move when we get to Phillip Island.\\\"

Harald Eckl (Kawasaki Team Manager) \\\"I\\\'m not unhappy, despite the problems we found today. The minor engine problem which stopped Shinya early can be fixed and finding these things now will help us build for the rest of the year. We leave this test with a clear picture of what the riders need from the engine in terms of power characteristics and we will have another small upgrade ready for the Phillip Island test, which will also give us another reference point for our chassis performance. Tyres are critical in MotoGP now and, although we had a limited supply of some specifications in Sepang, we had consistent results. Both the team, and our tyre partner Bridgestone, head to Phillip Island with a very positive outlook.\\\"

MotoGP, 2003, Kawasaki Racing Team

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