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Ducati concentrate on rear tyre development

Ducati concentrate on rear tyre development

Ducati concentrate on rear tyre development

Ducati Marlboro Team concluded its testing programme at Phillip Island with a whole session devoted to rear tyres on Saturday, with Carlos Checa and Loris Capirossi keeping virtually the same set-up for the whole day as they ran through a batch of new and used Bridgestone rubber.

Checa was in particularly good form, having found an ideal set-up for the circuit yesterday and finding an improved tyre today which allowed him to bring his time down to 1'29.86.

"I am really happy with this testing session, with my team and with my bike" declared Checa. "We found a good base set-up for the Desmosedici and some very interesting indications on which to work in the future. Now it's time for a short break and then we'll be back to work in Qatar."

Capirossi also found time for suspension set-up and engine mapping work as he looked to improve the driveability of his Desmosedici GP5, ending the session with a quickest time of 1'30.18 after 59 laps.

"I'm generally pretty pleased with my pace, which was quite good for several consecutive laps at around the 1'30 mark," said Capirossi. "We still have to do a bit more work over the longer distance, but my team and I are ready!"

Ducati Marlboro Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli also expressed his satisfaction at the three days of tests: "Even though we lost a bit of time today due to a few drops of rain, we are very pleased with the way the test went," he commented.

"We did many consecutive laps in race set-up and gained a lot of information on how to evolve both the suspension set-up of the bike and the rear tyres. Even though we know that the weather conditions for the race will be a bit different, we gathered a lot of information which will be useful next October."

MotoGP, 2005

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