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Ducati impressed by Bridgestone tyres

Ducati impressed by Bridgestone tyres

Ducati impressed by Bridgestone tyres

After making cautious remarks after the first day of testing between the Ducati Marlboro Team and Bridgestone tyres on Tuesday, Loris Capirossi admitted that a further 65 laps on Wednesday had given him a huge boost of confidence ahead of the new season.

Joined on track by a Honda squad led by the 2004 MotoGP World Championship runner-up Sete Gibernau, Capirossi and his team-mate Carlos Checa set the fastest times of the day, with excellent weather conditions (air 21°C/track 27°C), allowing them to rack up the mileage with the Japanese tyres as well as focus on further set-up work with the Desmosedici GP5.

"I'm really satisfied, things are going pretty well for our first time out" declared Capirossi, who completed a series of laps at around the 1'41 mark and set a best time of 1'41.150.

"We are continuing to work with the new frame and the new swing-arm and the bike is improving every time it goes out. Despite it being only the second day with Bridgestone tyres, the feeling is already good and I am appreciating their working method. This is an excellent starting point to prepare for the new season." Checa completed 68 laps with a best time of 1'41.314 whilst Régis Laconi, on his second day of testing with the 'laboratory' Desmosedici, completed 60 laps with a best time of 1'43.312 as he continued development work with new electronic components, to the satisfaction of both himself and Ducati Corse engineers.

"I am really pleased with the way things have gone today" declared Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse Technical Director, present at Jerez. "The last time we were here, for the GP, we were in a difficult period and our results were not living up to expectations.

"Just a few months later we can see today that both riders are lapping at a good pace, and this demonstrates that our bike has improved a lot throughout the season. We knew that it was going to be a difficult decision to take but at the same time one with great potential, and the first results are confirmation.

"There is still a lot of work to do, but days like today are important for everyone! A big thanks to the guys back in the factory. This year has been a tough one, but they have always demonstrated great responsibility and devotion!"

MotoGP, 2004

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