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Ducati satisfied with preseason set-up work

Ducati satisfied with preseason set-up work

Ducati satisfied with preseason set-up work

The third and final day of testing for the Ducati Marlboro Team at Phillip Island saw the squad complete the work schedule for the new Desmosedici GP4 and gather a series of vital data for the Italian V4 bike's development. Both Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi carried out a massive amount of work over the three days, with the team later explaining that they were testing radically different set-ups rather than going all out for the quickest times. After a total of six days testing the new machine at Sepang and Phillip Island, both riders said that they were satisfied with the progress they had made in the search for a balanced set-up which they can then use as a benchmark at all circuits.

"I am quite pleased with the way today's testing went" declared Capirossi after the final session at Phillip Island on Thursday. "I did my quickest laps in the morning, while in the afternoon I lost a little bit of feeling with the front, but for the moment it's OK. We've done a lot of work over the past two weeks. The GP4 is a new bike and it is already giving us a lot of satisfaction despite being at the start of its development phase."

Bayliss, like Capirossi, also spent a lot of time getting used to Michelin's new 16.5 inch front tyre and admitted that it had not been as smooth a process as he would have liked. "We tested a number of different settings, but I still can't get used to the 16.5" front. We did a lot of work in six days and although my times aren't what I wanted, it's not the most important thing at this stage. These tests were aimed at developing the bike and finding the best possible set-up."

The Ducati Marlboro Team is now returning to Europe to allow the engineering staff led by Filippo Preziosi to analyse all the information accumulated during these tests and will return to the track at Valencia, Spain on March 6-7

MotoGP, 2003

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