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Ducati unveil 2006 contender at Jerez

Ducati unveil 2006 contender at Jerez

Ducati unveil 2006 contender at Jerez

The Ducati Desmosedici GP6 took to the track today for its maiden run at the circuit that will host the opening round of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship season.

Unfortunately the rain that had fallen during the night delayed the start of testing with both Ducati Marlboro Team riders only able to carry out a brief 'shakedown' in the morning, but they made it out again at around 1.30pm and continued testing for the rest of the day.

With low temperatures and damp patches around the Spanish track conditions were not ideal, but Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau were able to put in their first serious laps on board the Italian manufacturer's latest prototype in the afternoon.

Loris and Sete also had the 2005 version available in the pit garage for comparative tests, but on this first day they opted to concentrate exclusively on the new GP6. Capirossi, who set a best time of 1'42.644s during his 35 laps, was left with positive first impressions of the new machine.

`Despite the fact that the track was not in the best condition, I got a good feeling from the new bike,' he declared. `I immediately felt okay on it and that's positive. We did a good job today and started off in the best possible way. As the conditions were not so good, we mainly focused on engine management to improve the bike's 'rideability' rather than suspension set-up or tyres. On this track in these conditions you can do a good job and that's what we did today. Hopefully tomorrow we'll wake up with some good weather.´

It was also the Gibernau's first taste of the new bike, although he also spent the day getting used to his new team and surroundings. Indeed, Monday was practically Sete's debut with Ducati as weather conditions at Valencia prevented him from doing any serious testing. The Spanish rider completed 52 laps, and posted a best time of 1'42.606s.

`It was a good day today,' commented the Spanish rider at the end of the session. `First impressions were good and I am more and more convinced that I made the right decision, especially because I can see that everyone, members of the team and Bridgestone personnel included, really want to do well and they have a lot of faith in me - that was what I was looking for and I'm happy to have found it. We've got a lot of work to do but the most important thing is that everyone has a great desire to work! Today I started to get familiar with the Ducati and the Bridgestone tyres as well as the team's way of working. Let's hope tomorrow will bring some good weather so we can continue working like we did today.'

There were also several 250cc teams on track today including the official Honda 250cc outfit, now spearheaded by Sebas Porto, but also Andrea Dovizioso's Scot Honda team. Aprilia privateers Alvaro Molina and Nicola Milovanovic completed the list as KTM did not ultimately turn up. BQR Honda were unable to take part in the test as their two riders are currently injured.

Unofficial Times
1. Sete Gibernau - Ducati MotoGP) 1'42.606 - 52 Laps
2. Loris Capirossi - Ducati MotoGP 1'42.644 - 35

3. Sebas Porto - Honda250cc 1'45.898 - 38

4. Andrea Dovizioso - Honda 250cc 1'46.548 - 49

5. Álvaro Molina - Aprilia 250cc 1'49.049 - 46

6. Nicola Milanovic - Aprilia 250cc 2'00.174

MotoGP, 2005

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