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Ducati Marlboro pair to continue work on base settings

Ducati Marlboro pair to continue work on base settings

A positive first day’s work for factory Ducati riders Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden at the Sepang test ended with good general feedback on the Desmosedici GP10 on Thursday.

The Ducati Marlboro team’s first day of testing with Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden – after test rider Vittoriano Guareschi’s outing yesterday – delivered constructive results, with both riders pleased at the performance of the 2010 prototype.

Stoner, second fastest of all 17 riders present, was pleased with the new engine and will focus further on the set-up of his bike on Friday to solve a minor problem with chatter. Hayden, who was testing a new fairing, had the same issue and will also seek to improve his setting on the second day.

Stoner, whose fastest lap timed at 2’01.902, said: “This first day was a bit difficult to understand: we started off with a setting that was quite good and that allowed us to make reasonably good lap times. We thought we would improve as the day went on but we had a few problems with chatter. We tried a lot of different combinations trying to make the bike feel a little bit better but we couldn’t really get an improvement. To be honest it was difficult to work out why because the track conditions were particularly difficult - it was so hot that it was actually hard to understand if you were making an improvement on the bike or not.”

The Australian, who completed 42 laps, continued: “In any case I’m really happy with the new engine, I think that with the other one we would have struggled more. Now the bike in general feels very good, very balanced and I’m happy with it. Hopefully the weather will be a little cooler tomorrow so that we can understand better if the changes we try are the right ones.”

Rain ended the day just before it was scheduled to finish, and Hayden, who turned in 59 laps with a best time of 2’02.792, stated: “Overall the day was positive. It went quite fast actually and at the end of the day when we were ready to do some more laps the rain came and cut it a little bit short. It would be nice to have had the chance to do some more laps, but overall the bike was feeling quite good. We made a couple of little tweaks that helped us but we struggled a lot for edge chatter. There’s not much testing before the start of the season so we’ve got to move fast: day one is in the bag, we have established a good starting point and we go from here”.

MotoGP, 2010, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner, Ducati Team

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