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Ducati heading back to form

Ducati heading back to form

Ducati heading back to form

It has been clear to see that the factory Ducati team have been struggling to replicate some of the blistering form shown in their ‘03 debut season this term but their results at Donington for round nine on Sunday witnessed a marked improvement.

Troy Bayliss's 5th place and Loris Capirossi's final standing of 7th at the British Grand Prix represented the team's best set of GP finishes in 2004. Bayliss missed out on a front row start by only 5000th of a second and put in a strong race despite running onto the grass at Craner Curves (where Norick Abe would spectacularly crash) and motocrossing his way back onto the asphalt, lucky not have tasted dirt at very high speed.

"I'm really happy to finally get a decent result under my belt especially after a few tough races, but I thought I might do better," commented the Australian. "The track was quite a bit cooler than it had been and we lost some grip. I had one big ‘let go' down Craner, which was pretty scary. It was a long ride across the grass, I just told myself ‘don't touch anything'! It also rained a little bit during the race but only enough to cost us a few tenths a lap. I know I can ride up front, so during the break I will be relaxing but also training hard so we can get some good results during the rest of the season."

"During practice we were very good but the weather changed and that gave me some problems, mainly less stability than usual under heavy braking," said Capirossi. "Anyway all things considered I am happy. Today wasn't the easiest of races for us but we have proved once again that the bike is growing and we are moving forward."

"Finally we have got a result that proves we are our way back," said Team Director Livio Suppo. "Overall this has been a good race for us especially considering the pace was very, very fast, 36 seconds quicker than last year. Now we head into the summer break with the riders in a good mood so we can look forward to some relaxation after such a busy period."


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