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Ducati Marlboro men raring to go racing

Ducati Marlboro men raring to go racing

Ducati Marlboro men raring to go racing

Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa are raring to go racing next weekend after a long winter of testing and development work. The pair has covered thousands of kilometres at tracks in Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and Australia, working to make sure their Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP5s performs at their best throughout the 2005 MotoGP World Championship, from Sunday's season-opening Gran Premio Marlboro de España, all the way through to the 17th and final race in November.

Capirossi and Checa have enjoyed some success during winter testing. Capirossi topped the time charts twice - at Valencia last November and at Sepang in January - proving that he is full of fight. Checa meanwhile set the pace at Jerez last November but had to miss last month's final Jerez tests after sustaining a shoulder injury at Catalunya.

"Our off-season testing has gone very well, we're in much better shape than we were at the start of last season," says Ducati Marlboro Team MotoGP project manager Livio Suppo. "The factory and the team have worked hard this winter and I think we've done a good job. The bike has improved in many areas, but while the most difficult thing to achieve at this level of performance is overall balance, I think this year's machine is a very balanced package."

"Both our riders have done many thousands of kilometres of testing, now they finally get to do what they love doing - racing! Loris has shown his speed throughout the winter, he is definitely ready to race. Carlos has also been very fast during testing. It was a real shame he missed our most recent Jerez session but he went very well when we tested there last November, so I don't think missing the tests should be a problem for him."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, Ducati Marlboro Team

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