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Difficult First Day Of Testing For The Ducati Marlboro Team At Jerez - March 25th 2005

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    Capirossi concentrates on set-up work and only finds the right direction in the afternoon. Team-mate Checa absent due to dislocated left shoulder.

    Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Friday 25 March 2005 - The MotoGP class took over from the 250 teams today at Jerez for the final pre-season test session. Conditions were ideal at the Spanish circuit with temperatures reaching 22C (air) and 34C (track).

    Back to full fitness after a bout of fever, Loris Capirossi soon set about getting the best out of the final IRTA test session at the circuit that will be the venue for the opening round of the season on April 10.

    The Ducati Marlboro Team rider, who made his debut on Bridgestone tyres last November at Jerez, concentrated on suspension set-up work with his Desmosedici GP5.

    "Today we got through a lot of work" commented the Italian rider. "This morning we tested a lot of things and maybe lost our way a bit. But then in the afternoon we concentrated on just one setting and the situation improved. We are still not quite right, but we appear to have found the right direction and for the next two days I reckon we will improve a lot. At the moment we don't have any problems with the tyres: Jerez seems to be a suitable track for the Bridgestones".

    Loris's best time was 1m42.02s in his 79 laps.

    Team-mate Carlos Checa is absent from the Jerez tests after doctors advised him to rest for a couple of weeks following last Saturday's crash, in which he sustained a dislocated left shoulder.

    Official test rider Vittoriano Guareschi continued development work on the Desmosedici GP5 alongside Loris.

    The Ducati Marlboro Team and the Development Team will continue testing at Jerez on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March.