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MotoGP - Rain Halts Ducati's Second Day of Testing - February 1st 2006


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    The Ducati Marlboro Team riders spent most of the day in the pit garage due to heavy rain at the Australian circuit. Final day of testing tomorrow.

    Phillip Island (Australia), Wednesday 1 February 2006 - Heavy rain fell on the second day of testing at the Phillip Island circuit today, seriously hampering track activities for the MotoGP riders.

    Loris Capirossi only completed ten laps of the island circuit, taking advantage of a gap between the rain showers to make a couple of runs, one with standard tyres and the other with a new type of tyre brought by Bridgestone. He was still lapping out on a drying track when a further downpour forced him back into the garage.

    Sete Gibernau, on the other hand, preferred not to take any risks on the wet track and remained in his pit garage all day.

    The weather forecast for the final day of testing tomorrow does not look particularly promising, but the Ducati Marlboro Team riders and engineers are hoping that they will be able to get some dry track time to continue development work on the Desmosedici GP6.