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Capirossi maintains pace on second day at Sepang

Capirossi maintains pace on second day at Sepang

Capirossi maintains pace on second day at Sepang

Loris Capirossi was again the fastest rider on the second day of MotoGP tests at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on Monday. The Ducati rider stopped the clock at 2'01.98, just a tenth of a second outside Valentino Rossi's pole time from the Grand Prix here last October, in just his second outing on the Italian factory's Desmosedici GP5.

"It's a real pleasure to be able to work in this way, a great satisfaction and an important boost", said Capirossi. "We got though a lot of work and tested several different set-ups, and were able to confirm that the chassis is performing well.

"We also made another step forward with the Bridgestone tyres, in particular with the front which is perfect. Now we have to concentrate on the rear tyre, in order to be competitive over race distance. Tomorrow will be another day of hard work but for the moment I'm really satisfied with everything."

Capirossi's team-mate Carlos Checa was unable to ride today after being taken to hospital last night suffering from a severe headache and dizzy spells. It is thought that the symptoms could be a negative reaction to treatment given to the Spaniard when his stitches were removed from a hand injury earlier this weekend but Ducati's MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo is hopeful he will return to action on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately Carlos wasn't feeling well this morning, he had a big headache and we preferred to let him rest for the whole day," explained Suppo. "It's nothing serious, just a severe bout of flu, probably due to his overall condition following his hand injury, which however is improving, and tomorrow we hope he will join Loris on the track."

Valentino Rossi declared himself happy with the second fastest time today as he also gets to grips with a new machine. Rossi and his factory Yamaha colleague Colin Edwards both improved their times on the new 2005-specification YZR-M1 and were also able to test a variety of Michelin tyres.

Alex Barros also ploughed through a Michelin test, trying no fewer than ten front tyres on his way to the fourth fastest time of the day. Barros was the second quickest Honda today behind Sete Gibernau and the pair were closely followed by Max Biaggi, who continued to put in a strong performance despite still suffering the effects of a broken ankle.

After a crash for Toni Elías yesterday, when the youngster dislocated a finger, today was the turn of his Yamaha team-mate Ruben Xaus, who fell from his YZR-M1 for the first time this morning. The Spanish rider escaped unhurt from the accident and was able to significantly improve his lap times in the afternoon after going back to basics with the settings of the bike.

Team Suzuki MotoGP packed their boxes after four days in Sepang reporting positive progress with the latest evolution GSV-R, codenamed XRE2.3, in its first test.

Under the watchful eye of new Team Manager Paul Denning, Kenny Roberts and John Hopkins evaluated engine and chassis development of the new machine and were both impressed with the improvement in both power and handling capabilities, with Roberts currently fifth on the time sheets.

"After all the waiting it is very encouraging to have got the first test completed," said Denning. "Suzuki has done a great job with the engine performance over the winter and the assistance this weekend from Bridgestone, Motul and all other technical partners has been fantastic. The signs are there that we are on the right route and we are working hard to make the GSV-R the best it can possibly be."

Unofficial lap times provided by the teams:

Loris Capirossi (Ducati): 2'01.98 (60 laps)
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha): 2'02.16 (55)
Sete Gibernau (Honda): 2'02.2 (60)
Alex Barros: (Honda): 2'02.307 (77)
Max Biaggi (Honda): 2'02.35 (43)
Kenny Roberts (Suzuki): 2'02.38
Colin Edwards (Yamaha): 2'02.48 (62)
Nicky Hayden (Honda): 2'02.49 (81)
Troy Bayliss: (Honda) 2'03.918 (52)
Toni Elías: (Yamaha): 2'03.20 (51)
Rubén Xaus (Yamaha): 2'03.40 (62)
Marco Melandri (Honda): 2'02.70 (69)
Makoto Tamada (Honda): 2'02.69

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, Loris Capirossi

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