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Capirossi satisfied with test results

Capirossi satisfied with test results

Capirossi satisfied with test results

Loris Capirossi expressed his satisfaction after improving both his lap time and race rhythm in two days of exhaustive tests with the Ducati Marlboro team at Brno.

The Italian factory outfit had stayed on alongside the majority of the MotoGP field on Monday and Tuesday after Sunday's Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky, collaborating closely with Ohlins engineers to improve the suspension set-up of the Desmosedici GP4.

Strong winds and a few drops of rain in the afternoon disturbed the test, which for Capirossi concluded early after crashing without injury at the right-hand turn 6 at around 3.30 pm.

"These two days were very important for us because over the weekend we had very little time to lap on a dry track," said Capirossi, who completed 101 laps with a best time of 1'58.960 over the two days.

"We tried out a number of small modifications to the bike set-up and were able to obtain several interesting results: not only did I improve my best race time by over half-a-second, but above all I was able to maintain a good pace a lot more easily. We are continuing to work hard because we want results and we are going to get them."

Capirossi continued his recent progress with the GP4 with fifth place at Brno on Sunday but admitted he had been hoping for more.

"I'd be a liar if I said I was happy with the result," said the former 250cc World Champion. "It was a difficult race and I gave 100 per cent and more. The bike has definitely improved but it still lacks some stability, so it was quite difficult to ride.

"Certainly we weren't helped by the weather because we needed more time in the dry to come up with better settings. We need to work on stability and also on improving the bike's manoeuvrability in the direction changes, so the tests were vital in continuing improvements."

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MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Loris Capirossi

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