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Ducati Marlboro looking for progress at Jerez

Ducati Marlboro looking for progress at Jerez

Ducati Marlboro looking for progress at Jerez

The Ducati Marlboro Team heads for Jerez this weekend looking forward to making more progress with the 2004 Desmosedici GP4. Riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss gave the bike a promising race debut in South Africa two weeks ago, but the team recognise there is plenty more to come from the 230-plus horsepower machine at the Spanish circuit.

"At this stage of the season we are just learning how to work with the new bike in a race scenario," said Ducati Marlboro Team director Livio Suppo. "The first race showed some of the bike's potential and gave us a lot of data. Both our guys were happy with the way the bike worked with the tyres at the end of the race. We've made a big improvement in this area, and that was one of the main goals of the GP4.

"The bike's heat management is also much better, which was another of the big ideas for 2004. This weekend the machine will be basically the same as it was at Welkom, then we stay on at the track to continue development on Monday and Tuesday."

Ducati Marlboro Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli believes that Jerez is a well-balanced circuit, where tyre management is crucial.

"It's not an easy track for the right side of the tyres, but it's less demanding than Welkom, and our rear tyres finished that race in perfect condition," he reveals. "It seems that the new bike uses its tyres more consistently over race distance, and we're pleased about that. Jerez is difficult because it's full of fast corners.

"Riders need a lot of confidence to go through these turns quickly, plus they need good power delivery because you use a lot of gas through these corners. Riders also need big confidence in the front end so they can attack the turns. The track is a good mix – it's got no long straights but plenty of fast turns and some hairpins, so you need a well balanced bike."

Find out what the riders have to say about the Jerez circuit by clicking the links at the top of the page.

MotoGP, 2004, Ducati Marlboro Team

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