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Positive test for Ducati in Qatar

Positive test for Ducati in Qatar

Positive test for Ducati in Qatar

The Ducati Marlboro Team concluded the third and final day of testing at the Losail circuit in Qatar, the fourth scheduled test for the development of the Bridgestone-shod Ducati Desmosedici GP5.

Ducati Marlboro Team engineers managed to identify several promising set-up and tyre solutions, which have to be developed in the next scheduled tests before the start of the championship.

"I am quite pleased with the work we have done over the past three days. We're still not 100% right with the front but we are on the right path," commented Capirossi, who recorded a best time of 1m57.320s in his 54 laps.

"The GP5 is also going really well on this track and I am sure that the tyres will show further improvement before we come here to race in October. I didn't want to use a qualifying tyre because we concentrated on development work that was far too important to be distracted by the search for sensational times: we are working calmly, there will be time for that in the future."

Team-mate Carlos Checa was just a fraction of a second behind Capirossi, the Spanish rider recording a best time of 1m57.350s in his 60 laps.
"We got through a lot of work: it wasn't easy and I think that everyone should be pleased with the results obtained," declared Checa.

"We improved a lot since the first day but what is really good is the constant progress that we made: it means that we worked well on a track that last year didn't give much satisfaction either to Bridgestone or to the Ducati Marlboro Team. We are improving all the time and this test puts me in a good frame of mind for the future."

The Ducati Marlboro Team riders will be back on track on 18th of March, for the Official MotoGP Test in Barcelona.

MotoGP, 2005

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