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Ducati take 2003 bikes to Mugello

Ducati take 2003 bikes to Mugello

Ducati take 2003 bikes to Mugello

The Ducati Marlboro Team will provide Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss with a 2003 version of the Desmosedici to go alongside an updated version of the GP4 at Mugello this weekend.

After a disappointing start to the new season the Italian factory team had a crisis test session at Le Mans two weeks ago, where they ran the two machines next to each other and made changes to both – modifying the GP4 chassis with changes to the fuel tank and the positioning of the electronics package whilst adding suspension and engine component modifications to the GP3.

Now Capirossi and Bayliss will be free to make their own decision about which is the better machine at Mugello. "We'll begin the practice sessions with both versions and then decide which one to use for the race," explained Bayliss. "The bikes are very similar but have a few differences and I'll race with the one that adapts better to the track."

Ducati insist that the decision to bring 2003 bikes to Mugello is not a sign that they are ready to ditch the new design, claiming that they hope the move will speed up the development of the GP4.

"We have produced a number of components and we are convinced that giving Loris and Troy the chance to ride two bikes with similar characteristics, but different in several details, can allow us to obtain the best possible result and at the same time give us clear indications about the development path to be followed," said Ducati Corse Managing Director Claudio Domenicali.

"We have important engine developments on the way and we will continue for the whole of the season to search for the competitiveness we have already proved we have and which we intend to reach again at all costs.

Capirossi and Bayliss are set to stay on at Mugello for a further day's testing next Tuesday before leaving for the next round at Catalunya.

MotoGP, 2004

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