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Ducati delight at double top four

Ducati delight at double top four

Ducati delight at double top four

Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss today scored their best qualifying performances of the year so far, putting their Desmosedici GP4s third and fourth on the grid for tomorrow's Cinzano British Grand Prix to the delight of their team bosses.

New rules to the grid formation which stipulate only three riders per row mean that Bayliss was bumped off the front of the grid by his team-mate but Team Director Livio Suppo said he was happy with their progress.

"A very good weekend so far," smiled Suppo . "It's great to be back on the front row, though if this had been last year, both guys would've been up there! This is the first time this season that both our guys have been very competitive on both race and qualifying tyres. The times are incredibly close, so the difference between rows one and two is tiny.

"Today shows that we are heading in the right direction - our current engine/chassis package is good and the more we know it, the more we can get out of it. Thanks once again to everyone in the team and at Ducati Corse, as well as to our technical partners Michelin and Shell Advance."

For Capirossi it was the high-point of his season so far and he is now looking to consolidate with a good result at the track where he took his first ever Grand Prix victory back in 1989. "I'm really happy - this is where our season really starts!" said Capirossi. "I've been able to fully exploit the Michelin qualifying tyres, and it seems that Troy is also going very, very fast. Even so, I'm not 100 per cent happy with my machine set-up.

"We need to work at improving a few things in morning warm-up, but overall I'm very happy. This result is so important for everyone involved with this team."

Bayliss also has good memories of this circuit from his days in the British and World Superbike Championships and was delighted with his return to form. "It's been a while, so I'm pretty happy, things have been going good here since I first hopped on," said Bayliss.

"After yesterday we played around with the settings and oil levels inside the forks to give us some more feel from the front. Then we made a couple of changes to the bike after this morning, so in the end we did pretty good with the qualifying tyre, though I think it could've been slightly better.

"We missed the front row by nothing, but that's what happens when the times are real close. I've done lots of laps on race tyres, which all went good. This is a real scratchers' track, so I'm really looking forward to the race."


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