Final Day Of IRTA Test For Ducati Marlboro Team - March 27th 2005
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Fine weather (air 21° C/track 43°) greeted the third and final day of the last winter testing session prior to the start of the 2005 MotoGP championship season and all the MotoGP teams present were able to prepare their bikes in view of the opening round of the season scheduled to be held here on April 10.
The three-day Jerez test concluded with a generally positive balance
sheet for the Ducati Marlboro Team, which could only count on the
services of Loris Capirossi and test-rider Vittoriano Guareschi as
Carlos Checa is recovering from a dislocated left shoulder.
Today Loris concentrated mainly on testing several types of tyres, and
the Italian obtained positive impressions from the qualifying and front
"I am very satisfied with the qualifying tyres: the ones I tested were
really excellent" commented Loris. "Even the front tyres go well here at
Jerez and the rear race tyres are already pretty good. We felt the
absence of Carlos over the last three days, and with him for sure we
could have got through a lot more work. However I gave everything I
could, now all we have to do is wait for April 10."
Loris completed a total of 93 laps of the Spanish track, setting a best
time of 1m40.55s.
Vittoriano Guareschi was also on the track for the final day of the
test, and amongst other things the Italian completed a long-run with the
new engine braking system.
"These were three hard days of work", declared Filippo Preziosi,
Director of Ducati Corse, who has been present at both of the tests at
Barcelona and Jerez. "We return home with a massive amount of data
accumulated by Loris and Vitto, who were both tireless in their work as
always. I would like to thank Loris for his dedication and
professionalism: he worked really hard and that allowed us to make the
most of this important test session, even in Carlos's absence".