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Capirossi and Stoner hail Bridgestone performance

Capirossi and Stoner hail Bridgestone performance

Capirossi and Stoner hail Bridgestone performance

After presenting the new Desmosedici last week at Madonna di Campiglio last week, Ducati headed to Malaysia to begin the first in a series of preseason tests. Repeated showers over the last few days and expected rain for today led to Loris Capirossi and Casey Stoner putting in a full day's work from ten in the morning to 4.30 pm in the afternoon. Whilst the rain failed to make an appearance, Capirossi and Stoner concluded their first day of testing more than one hour before the scheduled track closure as they had already completed the required preparatory work in setting up the Desmosedici for the next two testing days.

Both experienced veteran Capirossi and Ducati newcomer Stoner hailed the performance of the older Bridgestone compounds used for the first day at Sepang, with the Australian particularly excited about the transition to a new tyre manufacturer. The 21 year old had previously expressed his concern with lack of feeling in the front end when riding with Michelins last season.

I am very pleased with the way things have gone today" declared Stoner. "We have made a lot of progress since the Jerez test even though we still have to improve some of the characteristics of the engine. I am really pleased with the tyres: the front is already perfect, the rear is good and for sure we can improve. However my best time was set with a rear that had already done an entire race distance and that's a good sign! The team is working really well and I already feel part of the family!".

Capirossi has been involved in enough preseason tests to assess perfectly the stage the team are at. He put in 41 laps of the Sepang Circuit, and declared that "It was not bad for the first day of testing after a break of over six weeks.We've still got a few problems in the general set-up of the bike but it's normal at this stage of the year. We are here for this reason and for sure we've got a lot of margin for improvement. Today we tested a few things that worked and we put aside some other solutions as we have organised the work for the next couple of days. We have opted to test a few more things tomorrow and I think we can improve a lot. I'm also very confident about the performance of the tyres because even though we haven't yet begun to test with the new ones, the ones we have used today already perform really well".

MotoGP, 2007, Casey Stoner, Loris Capirossi

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