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Suppo unfazed by Ducati teething problems

Suppo unfazed by Ducati teething problems

Ducati MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo has played down the early problems faced by the 2007 World Champions in Sepang, the team's decisions vindicated by rider Casey Stoner's return to the upper echelons of the timesheets as second fastest of the three days.

Ducati MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo has played down the early problems faced by the 2007 World Champions in Sepang, the team's decisions vindicated by rider Casey Stoner's return to the upper echelons of the timesheets as second fastest of the three days.

Whilst Stoner's time of 2'00,660 was only bested by 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, the Australian is still pending a chance to undertake a race simulation in 2008. On day one he was a late starter after an electrical problem with both his and team-mate Marco Melandri's Desmosedici GP8s, and yesterday an initial attempt at an extended outing was called to a halt by a minor clutch issue. Suppo confirmed to motogp.com that the setbacks were nothing more than those expected from a new bike, and expressed satisfaction with the test as a whole.

"We had some electrical issues on the first day, but by midday they were all corrected and we were able to ride," noted Suppo.

"Yesterday Casey had a clutch problem, which we are still investigating to find out what happened, but he could have continued riding had it have occurred in a race. However, as it was a test, we brought him in to have it looked at."

Ducati will be back testing next week in Stoner's home territory of Australia, where they completed a memorable one-two in the 2007 race.

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MotoGP, 2008, Ducati Marlboro Team

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