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Desmosedici GP5 Ends Sepang Testing With Record Time - January 25th 2005

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    Capirossi sets quickest time during the three-day test (2m00.54s), the Italian improving the Malaysian circuit's official pole record by 1.3 seconds.

    Sepang (Malaysia) 25 January 2005 - The Ducati Marlboro Team ended the three-day test session at the Malaysian circuit with smiles all around from the results of the development work on the new Desmosedici GP5. The team leave Sepang with the knowledge that they are heading in the right direction, even though there is still a lot of work to be done in view of the difficult championship that lies ahead. The only regret was the forced absence of Carlos Checa, who had to remain in bed all day with a high temperature and a massive headache.

    "These were three positive days, especially because we were able to get down to some real testing" declared Loris Capirossi. "We worked methodically on the suspension settings and tyres and managed to find the right balance. I'm very satisfied with the latest technical innovations: the chassis, the swing-arm and the ECU have all made improvements to the Desmosedici. With Bridgestone tyre development is continuing non-stop and in the next test session at Sepang we will be concentrating on the rear tyre to further improve duration over a race distance, which is already quite good. In any case, irrespective of the times we set, we have to continue along this path without getting all carried away. But I have to admit that it's great to be competitive!"

    "I had intended to get back out on the track again, but my headache was still giving me problems and sadly I had to stay in the hotel", declared Carlos Checa. "Loris did a great job and I can't wait to return to Sepang in a couple of weeks to finally get a chance to ride my Ducati."

    "This was a positive test", declared Livio Suppo, MotoGP project manager. "The GP5 seems to have started off well and the Bridgestone tyres have already proved themselves to be at an excellent level both in race and qualifying set-up. It was a real pleasure to see a smile back on Loris's face again and watch him ride in the way only he knows how! It was a pity about Carlos, but I am sure that he will be OK for the next tests and will return to Sepang with even more determination. A big thanks to all of our partners, and in particular to Shell Advance, who are allowing us to obtain these results".

    Loris Capirossi - 2m00.54s