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Ducati ready and raring to go

Ducati ready and raring to go

Ducati ready and raring to go

The Ducati Marlboro Team finally gets to go racing on March 26th following a long and fruitful winter of testing and development in Europe, Australia and the Far East. Riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau are looking forward to the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix with cautious optimism, thanks to their impressive pace at the final preseason tests in Jerez.

Capirossi, all set for his fourth year with the Italian team, and Gibernau, ready for his debut race with the squad, were first and second fastest during the Jerez tests, having found excellent performance from the Desmosedici GP6 and its Bridgestone tyres. Ducati's latest MotoGP bike is a careful evolution of its race-winning 2005 machine, designed to offer more consistent, more rider-friendly performance at 17 different racetracks.

"Our final Jerez tests went well, but maybe we had an advantage because we already tested there last November, so we are reasonably happy but we also know that our rivals will get stronger," commented Ducati leader Livio Suppo. "We just need to keep working and maintain our motivation. Loris and Sete have both worked hard all winter and done a great job giving feedback to the Ducati engineers and Bridgestone technicians, which has helped us to build a better machine. The rider can make a huge difference in this sport, so our thanks to them. Over the last two seasons we struggled at the first few races, so I hope that this year we've got a competitive package from the start."

Loris Capirossi impressed in winter tests at Sepang, Phillip Island and Jerez, but the true test comes at Jerez on March 26. Winner of three GPs over the past three years with the Ducati Marlboro Team, the Italian aims to start the season in the best possible way.

MotoGP, 2006

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