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First impressions from Ducati pair under Losail lights

First impressions from Ducati pair under Losail lights

After Casey Stoner had laid down an early 'hot lap' at the floodlit circuit of Losail on a historical night in Qatar on Thursday, the reigning World Champion and his team-mate Marco Melandri provided some positive initial feedback on the unique riding conditions.

Casey Stoner required barely 45 minutes to get his bearings at the floodlit circuit of Losail on a historical night in Qatar on Thursday, the reigning World Champion setting the early pace in the first ever ‘night-time' MotoGP test.

With almost five and a half million watts lighting up the test session at 6pm local time, following a spectacular opening ceremony, the action was underway.

Within the first hour Stoner had clocked a stunning lap of 1'55.368, inside the current race lap record and more than two seconds clear of his nearest rival.

Giving some early views on the unique riding conditions Stoner commented: "The first impression is that it is like playing on the videogame ‘Need for Speed'! It's definitely a lot different to what we're used to. It's not better or worse, just different. The most interesting thing is that with lower visibility, at least with regard to the imperfections on the track, you have to have more confidence than your instinct tells you to have. It's not a bad start though."

Meanwhile Stoner's Ducati Marlboro team-mate Marco Melandri added: "At the start it's quite difficult but then little by little you get used to the visibility, which is good but very different to daylight. They've done a great job and in my view there are only a couple of areas, between turns 5 to 9 and turn 14, which could be improved. Grip is good, it's just the wind that's a problem."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Ducati Marlboro Team

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