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Ducati look forward to Bridgestone test

Ducati look forward to Bridgestone test

Ducati look forward to Bridgestone test

Ducati Marlboro Team director Livio Suppo says his squad are looking forward to an historic day at the Jerez circuit on Tuesday, when they will link up with Japanese tyre manufacturers Bridgestone for the first time. Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa will complete three days of tests alongside several of their MotoGP rivals, with factory World Superbike regular Régis Laconi also lending a hand.

"Tomorrow will be a really special day" declared Suppo. "For the first time our riders will test the Desmosedici on Bridgestone tyres and we will start to work with our new partner in preparation for next season.

"It will be the first appearance for the new partnership, with new faces in the pit garage, and after two years of close and constructive collaboration in MotoGP, it will be a strange feeling not to have Michelin technicians working alongside us.

"We must however now concentrate on 2005 and take advantage of every lap on the track to give the Desmosedici the possibility of recovering from 2004 and expressing the enormous potential of this fantastic bike. We have three days of testing here at Jerez and two more next week at Valencia.

"Let's hope that the good weather gives us a hand so that Loris and Carlos can get used to the new tyres and work in the best possible way.

"In these last tests of 2004 we will also be helped by Régis Laconi. Régis has considerable experience in GP and for this reason we asked him to give us a hand in these tests.

"Loris and Carlos will focus on tyres, while he will work with the development team engineers on several new components for the GP5, components which have already been tested by Vittoriano Guareschi and which will be tried out by Régis to speed up the development of the Desmosedici before being given to Loris and Carlos.

"The presence of Régis in our development team is purely one-off and Vittoriano will continue to be the official test-rider next year again for the Ducati Marlboro Team."

MotoGP, 2004

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