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Checa steps up the pace for Ducati

Checa steps up the pace for Ducati

Checa steps up the pace for Ducati

Carlos Checa confirmed his swift adaptation to the Ducati Desmosedici GP5 and Bridgestone's new profile rear race tyre with a sequence of fast times at Phillip Island on Friday and the second fastest time overall.

Checa's lap of 1'29.94 was bettered only by Spanish compatriot Sete Gibernau on the Honda and, after a setback yesterday caused by a minor crash, he revealed his delight at making up for lost time.

"Today we again worked well and I'm really happy," said Checa, who also tested a modified frame and different front forks. "This morning we carried out a lot of testing on the suspension set-up and in the afternoon I tested several different rear tyres, some of which gave really good results."

Checa's Ducati Marlboro team-mate Loris Capirossi carried out numerous back-to-back tests with two different GP5 machines, one with the same set-up used during the last tests at Sepang and the other with a similar set-up to the bike he used in last season's Australian Grand Prix.

"The back-to-back tests between the two set-ups enabled me to understand a lot of things," explained the Italian. "There isn't much difference between the times and I'm not particularly worried about not being at the top of the timesheets at the moment."

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