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Ducati testing 2003 bikes at Le Mans

Ducati testing 2003 bikes at Le Mans

Ducati testing 2003 bikes at Le Mans

The factory Ducati Marlboro Team have stayed on for extra tests alongside a variety of MotoGP teams at Le Mans today, reverting to the 2003 version of the Desmosedici after making slow progress with their updated prototype.

Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss have both expressed their frustration with the lack of progress they have been able to make so far this season after taking starring roles in the 2003 series and Suppo admitted it may be time to take one step backwards before they can make two forward.

"We have plenty of ideas about improving our 2004 machine and we're staying here to test the bike alongside two 2003 models which we have had built up," revealed Suppo. "This comparison test is important for us, and it should help us to better understand our 2004 bike, which should speed up development."

Bayliss in particular has struggled with the new version of the bike and hinted that he would be happy to return to the 2003 model this season. "Ducati only care about the lap times and whatever we're fastest on, I think we want to ride," he said. "I have my own ideas, which stay between me and my engineers, and that's it."

On his race yesterday, when Bayliss finished ahead of his team-mate Capirossi for the first time this season, the Australian commented: "It took me a while to get into a rhythm, just because it takes me time to get a feeling with this bike, but we found a good set-up and it went okay.

"I finished eighth but the feeling I had was the feeling you want when you're winning – I was pushing hard and we're still a good way from the front, so it's a little bit disheartening."

MotoGP, 2004

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