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Suppo reveals GP8 debut date

Suppo reveals GP8 debut date

Keeping up the innovative way of communicating with Ducati fans pioneered by the team over the past few seasons, Project Manager Livio Suppo posted the latest entry to the Italian factory's ‘Desmo blog' after the opening Winter test of the year, and had plenty to talk about.

Keeping up the innovative way of communicating with Ducati fans pioneered by the team over the past few seasons, Project Manager Livio Suppo posted the latest entry to the Italian factory's ‘Desmo blog' after the opening Winter test of the year, and had plenty to talk about.

Last week's Valencia outing provided a great deal of intrigue for Ducati fans, with World Champion Casey Stoner topping the timesheets, Marco Melandri making his debut onboard the Desmosedici GP7 and Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher springing a surprise with an impressive guest appearance. Commenting on these events, Suppo then went on to give the date of Stoner's first ride with the Desmosedici GP8.

"Casey got on the track with a great determination. He wanted it to be seen that he is number one and he didn't offer his opponents any breaks. The consistency of his lap times, which keep him inaccessible to others, is baffling. He is also great at giving instructions to his technicians, both with his bike and with the tyres," eulogised Suppo, who then turned his attention to Ducati new boy Melandri.

"He was really excited and incredibly happy to begin working with his new team. The thing that surprised him the most was how many people were around him to hear his thoughts and from that, tune the bike specifically to his needs," commented Suppo, before passing comment on the lap times which perhaps weren't quite as expected from the Italian star.

"Whoever assumed that he would immediately have fast times was disappointed, but we are really pleased with his debut."

Ducati will miss testing in Malaysia this week, but will return with a new bike for their riders at the end of the month at Jerez. Whilst it won't be too different from the Desmosedici GP7 which took Ducati to their first MotoGP titles, Project Manager Suppo is expecting the machine to kick things up another notch.

"Casey will be in Jerez testing the GP8 that will be put together over the next few weeks in Bologna. It won't be a revolution, but I am sure that Filippo Preziosi will find some way to improve his creature!" concluded the Italian.

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MotoGP, 2007

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