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Capirossi puts in pit-stop practice

Capirossi puts in pit-stop practice

Capirossi puts in pit-stop practice

Like most of the MotoGP paddock, the Ducati Marlboro team stayed at the Brno circuit after last weekend's Czech Grand Prix for a two-day test. As well as the continued development of the Desmosedici GP5 and its Bridgestone tyres, the team undertook an unusual exercise for a MotoGP outfit: a simulated pit-stop.

Since the introduction of the 'white flag' rule earlier this year, a MotoGP race will no longer be interrupted in the event of rain, instead race direction will notify the change of climatic conditions by waving the aforementioned flag, (as seen at Estoril in April), thus allowing riders to change to a pre-equipped bike with wet tyres.

The regulations also state that if the race has been declared wet, changing to a machine fitted with a different type of tyre is permitted at any time during the race. In both cases, tyre warmers, changing tyres and adjustments are permitted on the machine in the pit-lane.

As the riders can expect to face unpredictable conditions at circuits like Motegi in Japan and Sepang in Malaysia, the Ducati Marlboro team wanted to make sure they were prepared for every scenario as pit-stops are not common practice.

On Monday, the Italian team carried out a pit-stop simulation with Loris Capirossi. Entering the Brno pit-lane using the onboard electronic speed-limiter, (which limits speed to 65 km/h in the pit-lane), Capirossi took a total of 30 seconds between entry and exit and 4 seconds to swap from one Desmosedici to the other.


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