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Ducati and Bridgestone get to grips with new track

Ducati and Bridgestone get to grips with new track

Ducati and Bridgestone get to grips with new track

Spring temperatures at Phillip Island on Thursday gave Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa an ideal opportunity to set up the Desmosedici GP5 and put in a considerable amount of mileage around the technical circuit with their new Bridgestone tyres.

Ducati engineers focussed mainly on suspension set-up today, and several different solutions that had already been tested previously were again used in preparation for tomorrow, when the work will specifically revolve around the development of the tyres.

Checa completed 89 laps, setting a quickest time of 1'30.69. The Spanish rider tried several different set-ups and was pleased with the handling of his Desmosedici.

"Yes, I managed to establish a good feeling with the bike today, but we still have a lot of work to do", admitted Checa. "If the weather tomorrow is the same as today, we will be able to test the rear tyres in excellent conditions."

Capirossi was able to leave his bout of flu behind in Malaysia and returned to the track rested and determined to get the most out of this penultimate winter testing session. The Italian totalled 78 laps, ending the day with a best time of 1'30.81.

"I'm a lot better now and it feels good to get back on the track again" he reflected. "I want to use every minute of these tests to continue the development of the bike. Today we focused on the suspension set-up, we worked well and succeeded in laying the groundwork for the next two days we will be spending here."

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MotoGP, 2005

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