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Rain restricts engine tests for Ducati

Rain restricts engine tests for Ducati

Rain restricts engine tests for Ducati

Ducati Marlboro riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi lost crucial dry track time to test the ‘Twin Pulse' engine which they are planning to race for the first time at Assen this weekend when the Dutch circuit was soaked by constant rain on the first day. Bayliss in fact switched back to the old motor as he cruised to the fifth fastest time but the Australian insisted the new version was the way forward.

"For the first day we're doing pretty good," said Bayliss. "Really it just worked out that I spent most of my time on the 'standard' motor because we wanted to try a few things with it. My injuries from Barcelona aren't hampering me but my right ankle still isn't nice and I've aggravated an old back injury.

"Today I didn't use too much the new twin-pulse engine, but I feel it is definitely a step forward. During the tests we did at Barcelona I did good lap times after 18 laps on a tyre, and the tyre was cooler and looked better than the tyre we used in the race. The new motor is easier to ride and that's what it's all about - making the bike comfortable to ride, so the lap times come easier without going too much above yourself."

Capirossi did get some laps in with the new engine but was reluctant to push too hard, lapping eleventh fastest in the hope of better conditions tomorrow.

"It made no sense to push too hard in such heavy rain," said the Italian. "If the weather is better tomorrow, I will go faster anyway, if it rains again, I will push harder. I tried both engines this morning and spent most of this afternoon with the twin-pulse, working on set-up.

"The wet can be difficult for me because I'm so light, so I get less traction than other riders, but we found a good wet set-up and that's what counts. I don't care about the lap times at this stage. I prefer the twin-pulse much more than the other engine, especially in the wet. And I think today was the first time I've really enjoyed myself on the Ducati in the rain."

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MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES TT ASSEN

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