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Ducati riders happy with race pace

Ducati riders happy with race pace

Ducati riders happy with race pace

Ducati Marlboro Team riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi agreed that they were both happy with their race pace despite disappointing qualifying performances which will see them start from the third and fourth rows of the grid at the Veltins Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Sunday.

Bayliss equipped for the first time with two Twin Pulse bikes, improved his fastest Friday lap time while running race tyres, and ended up eighth, 0.6 seconds off pole.

"We've been going pretty good since I first hopped on the bike yesterday," said the Australian, who was third here last year. "And my best lap might have been better, but I had to pass Shane Byrne in a bad spot when he was on his out lap, not that it was his fault.

It's looking good on race tyres. We've been playing with the suspension a bit, just a click here and a click there to get me comfortable, even though the Twin Pulse motor doesn't really use the suspension any different to the old motor.

We've just been looking for a bit more corner-exit grip and we've improved that today. Ever since Le Mans we've not needed to change the set-up much, it's been pretty good for the last few races, we've just not been getting the results. I'm really looking forward to the race."

Capirossi ended the day just 0.7 seconds slower than pole, but in today's frantic final qualifying session that was only good enough for tenth place. Unusually, the Ducati Marlboro Team rider decided to swap bikes just before starting his final qualifying runs.

"We were making a lot of minor adjustments to my set-up during the session," explained Capirossi. "But I still didn't feel 100 per cent happy with my number-one bike, so I swapped to my other machine for the final ten minutes.

"Then I was a little worried that I might not have enough time to fully exploit my qualifying tyres, so maybe I was a little nervous on the bike. Anyway, I'm expecting a good race tomorrow, and it should be exciting too because everyone is so close on times."

"We're happy because both Troy and Loris are very fast in race conditions, which makes us confident for the race," added Ducati Marlboro Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli. "Our only concern is the start, since both riders will need to make good getaways, so they don't lose too much time in the first couple of laps.

"Troy was exceptionally fast on race tyres, the second fastest of the day. We've been making as few changes to the bikes as possible, just small changes because both riders are happy with the general set-up and we don't want to keep making changes which can affect their confidence in their bikes."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, VELTINS MOTORRAD GP DEUTSCHLAND

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