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Ducati Marlboro to use 'Twin Pulse' engine at Assen

Ducati Marlboro to use 'Twin Pulse' engine at Assen

Ducati Marlboro to use 'Twin Pulse' engine at Assen

The factory Ducati Marlboro team have confirmed that they will use the new Desmosedici ‘Twin Pulse' engine in the next round of the MotoGP season at Assen after a positive test at Catalunya.

Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss tried out the irregular firing order for the first time on Monday, with Capirossi completing a few extra laps in the wet on Tuesday, and reported positively on its performance and 'rideability'.

"We are really pleased with the debut of the new Twin Pulse engine", declared Ducati Marlboro Team director Livio Suppo. "Loris confirmed that power delivery has improved, even in the wet, and we are preparing for Assen with renewed optimism."

On Bayliss, who crashed spectacularly during Sunday's race and returned home on Tuesday morning suffering from back and neck pain, as well as nasty abrasions to his forehead, Suppo added: "I am convinced that Troy, after a few days rest, will be in perfect shape in the Netherlands and we can't wait to get back out on the track again.

"The first races of the 2004 season have not been easy, but Ducati Corse is showing that it has a capacity to react quickly and a determination to become protagonists once again that I feel sure that we will soon be rewarded with results."

To hear Capirossi's thoughts on the new engine during a break in testing at Catalunya on Monday, click the link at the top of the page and watch our exclusive video interview.

MotoGP, 2004, Ducati Marlboro Team

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