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Suppo reviews new Ducati swingarm findings

Suppo reviews new Ducati swingarm findings

New suspension part gets first run-out at Losail night test.

The big changes to the Ducati Desmosedici GP9 already brought in during the early stages of preseason, the relatively minor details are being refined in the final tests before the season curtain-raiser in Qatar. For this week’s night test in Losail the latest item on the agenda is a new swingarm, used by the factory riders under the night sky.

Timesheet topper Casey Stoner was able to run the rear suspension fork on Monday night, in a brief ride on his last stint out of the garage. Ducati MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo commented on the findings, indicating no big worries with the part’s introduction.

”Casey was able to do several laps with the swingarm and he is happy with it. He’s helping us with what we are looking for, so he’s happy about that,” said the Italian after the second night of testing.

“It’s the first time that we are testing it. For sure it’s not perfect,” he warned. “We have to work on the set up of the bike to adapt it to the swing-arm but the first feeling is good, positive.”

Stoner was unable to test the part on Sunday night due to rain at the Qatari circuit, reducing his test to two days. The three-night event concludes at daybreak on Tuesday.

MotoGP, 2009, Ducati Marlboro Team

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