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Guareschi comments on Desmosedici GP9 development

Guareschi comments on Desmosedici GP9 development

Test rider Vittoriano Guareschi has a big job on his hands at present, helping to improve the current competitiveness of the Ducati Desmosedici GP8, while also developing the GP9.

Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi was present at the Circuit de Catalunya for the post-race testing this week as factory riders Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri both got a first run on the Desmosedici GP9.

World Champion Stoner was particularly impressed with the new Filippo Preziosi-Alan Jenkins-designed prototype, much to the satisfaction of Guareschi, who will continue to develop the 2009 bike.

`Our first impressions have been good,´ stated Guareschi. `Casey tried the bike on Monday and it was very positive. Everyone in the team is very happy about the new bike because the first contact with it has been so positive. It is more reactive, with a harder chassis. It is an improvement because it is much easier to understand the tyres and the contact they make. The feeling with it is much better, so I think it is a good step for Ducati.´

In response to the question as to why allowing the Ducati factory riders to test the new bike was so crucial at this early stage, Guareschi commented, `It is important because it allows us to confirm that we are going in the right direction and now with the development team we can keep working in this way. It will now be a big focus for next year.´

Guareschi will be joined by former Ducati MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau for a three day test at Mugello from 17-19 June, where the pair will work side by side on improving both the GP8 and GP9 prototypes.

MotoGP, 2008, Ducati Marlboro Team

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