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Capirossi fastest as teams wrap up testing

Capirossi fastest as teams wrap up testing

Capirossi fastest as teams wrap up testing

Loris Capirossi ended a positive two-day test for the Ducati Marlboro team at the Brno circuit in style on Tuesday. The Italian clocked the fastest lap of the day on a qualifying tyre, setting a time of 1'57.568.

In sunny conditions with a temperature of 25°C (77°F) and a track temperature of 40°C (104°F), the riders resumed their testing schedule with most continuing to prepare their bikes for the upcoming 'fly-away' races. At Ducati, the development was focused on the GP5's clutch and suspension set-up. In the Honda camp, the new RC211V - developed to help their riders steer the machine into corners faster - finally made its debut on European soil after problems in a parallel test in Japan had prevented HRC riders Max Biaggi and Sete Gibernau testing it on Monday.

The first outing of the new V5 was positive as Biaggi set a surprisingly fast lap time, just 0.130s off his best lap in Sunday's race during his first 20-lap shake-down on the machine. Gibernau only had a brief run on the new machine as the team focused on finding solutions to the fuel management system problem that forced him to retire in the Czech GP.

Elsewhere, Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano, together with his regular crew and development engineers from the factory in Japan, concentrated on evaluating changes to the engine management system and front-end geometry on his Ninja ZX-RR.

Unofficial times:

1. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team 1'57.568
2. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team 1'57.602
3. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP 1'58.441
4. Colin Edwards (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team 1'58.584
5. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team 1'58.654
6. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team 1'58.730
7. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda 1'58.977
8. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda 1'59.393
9. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda 1'59.392
10. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda Team 1'59.399
11. Shinya Nakano (JAP) Kawasaki Racing Team 1'59.74
12. Nobuatsu Aoki (JAP) Team Suzuki MotoGP 1'59.766


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