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Capirossi and Bayliss to race GP4

Capirossi and Bayliss to race GP4

Capirossi and Bayliss to race GP4

Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss will contest the Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia on their 2004 version Desmosedici machines at Mugello tomorrow. The Ducati Marlboro Team pair have had both the GP3 and GP4 prototypes at their disposition this weekend in a drastic move by the Italian factory which seems to have the desired effect - both riders smashing their times from last year by well over a second.

"I'm happy enough because I'm 1.5 seconds faster than I was last year, which proves that we are getting better," said Capirossi, who qualified eighth on the grid despite his progress.

"This is a very high-level championship, the fight is incredibly tough, so even though the bike is improving we still aren't right back at the top. But the crucial things are that the team is fully united to come through this period and that we, the riders, continue to give 100 per cent so that once everything is right we'll immediately be ready to win."

Bayliss shaved 1.4 seconds off his previous best here to move up to the fifth row and is hoping to make further improvements to his machine in morning warm-up.

"The 2004 bike I'm riding here is basically the same as we tested at Le Mans a few weeks back," explained the Australian. "We've moved the weight around a little bit, but it doesn't seem to be working as well as it did at Le Mans.

"I'm struggling with grip, the bike feels low at the back and I'm not getting the feeling I want from the front. But we did make things a little better today. We've got a few little things to try in morning warm-up, then we'll give it everything we've got in the race.

"The thing at the moment is the pace of the championship - we're getting better but so is everyone else."

MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO CINZANO D'ITALIA, Loris Capirossi

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