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Laconi and the 'laboratory' Desmosedici

Laconi and the 'laboratory' Desmosedici

Laconi and the 'laboratory' Desmosedici

Régis Laconi's period as Ducati Marlboro team test rider came to a positive end after two days at Valencia on Tuesday. The Frenchman, who took victory in the 500cc race at the Spanish circuit in 1999, set a best time of 1'35.78 on the 'laboratory' version of the Desmosedici after a total of 44 laps, escaping unhurt from a crash on the second day of the test.

Laconi focused on electronics and engine mapping work on the Italian V4 machine and offered valuable support in the development of the bike that Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa will race in next year's MotoGP World Championship.

Capirossi and Checa were also at Valencia and set the fastest times of the test, with Capirossi inside Makoto Tamada's pole position time from the final Grand Prix of the 2004 season there just over a month ago.

The Italian worked on the evolution version of the Desmosedici GP4 with changes to the frame and the new swing-arm and tested a variety of suspension and chassis set-ups. Intermittent rain on the first day also gave the pair the opportunity to try out three different kinds of Bridgestone wet-weather tyres.

"I am really satisfied with what we have been able to achieve on the one day that the track was dry and I was also pleased that I got a chance to test the Bridgestone wets, which proved to be extremely good tyres" commented Capirossi.

"I'm pleased with the way things are going and the working method we are using. Today we did a lot of laps and tried a number of changes, obtaining some good times. It's as if 2005 is about to start and I'm feeling confident already."

Checa clocked a total of 65 laps on the prototype Desmosedici GP5 with a best time of 1'33.09, having rejected the opportunity to test qualifying tyres in order to concentrate on race set-up.

The Ducati Marlboro Team's next testing session is scheduled for January 22-24, 2005 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

MotoGP, 2004

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