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Ducati and Bridgestone put to the test in Sepang heat

Ducati and Bridgestone put to the test in Sepang heat

Ducati and Bridgestone put to the test in Sepang heat

Torrid conditions for riders and tyres put Ducati and Bridgestone's embryonic relationship to the test in Sepang on Friday, with high humidity and track temperatures making life difficult for Loris Capirossi, Carlos Checa and Shinichi Itoh.

Capirossi completed 54 laps on the new GP5 which had been tested by Itoh yesterday, setting a best time of 2'02.47. "Today I lapped pretty good, but I was worn out by the end of the day," declared the Italian.

"I'm not feeling very well, so I get tired pretty quickly and above all my reactions are a bit slow. However I am quite satisfied because I managed to quickly find something that enabled me to set some good times immediately: now my hopes are high for the next couple of days."

Checa, who also tested the new GP5, finished the day with a total of 58 laps and a best time of 2'02.56. "We worked well and are improving step by step, even though I still have to get into the swing of things" commented Checa, who missed almost all of the team's last test through illness.

"I tried several different tyres, some with a good potential, others which lasted well. Now my bike has a good balance and we have ahead of us a couple of hard days of work that I want to get the best out of!"

Meanwhile, Itoh continued in his development role for the Ducati-Bridgestone Tyre Test Team and set a best time of 2'04.30, trying several set-up configurations as the team analysed the behaviour of the tyres in different situations.

MotoGP, 2005

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