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MotoGP - Ducati Marlboro Team Continues To Make Good Progress On Final Day Of Australia Test - February 2nd 2006


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    Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi confirm Desmosedici GP6's potential on both qualifying and race tyres.

    Phillip Island (Australia), Thursday 2 February 2006 - The third and final day of Phillip Island testing was characterized by fine weather, enabling the MotoGP teams to complete their Australian preparations in view of the new season.

    On a dry but not particularly quick track (as demonstrated by the times recorded today and those in last October's race), the two Ducati Marlboro Team riders notched up just over 885 kilometres to successfully complete the scheduled testing work.

    With new Bridgestone qualifying tyres, Sete Gibernau set the quickest time of the day in 1m30.06s and Loris Capirossi the second quickest time in 1m30.25s, while on race tyres the Spanish rider was second on the unofficial timesheets, and his team-mate fourth.

    Gibernau put in an enormous amount of laps today, 102 in total; he was satisfied with the progress made in the electronics area and with the rapport established with the Bridgestone technicians, and is now looking forward to the future with confidence.

    Sete Gibernau (102 laps) - best times 1m30.92 (race), 1m30.06s (qualifying)

    "Today was a positive day, the team is working hard and so are the guys back in the factory. We made a small step forward with the engine braking software. With Bridgestone we're still trying to find what we need to improve and make the bike's handling more predictable. There is still a lot of room for improvement and we will have to work hard in the next tests. I'd just like to thank everyone for the commitment and passion with which they have followed me so far: it's a real pleasure to work in this way".

    Loris Capirossi completed 97 laps of the track which included a 13-lap mini-long run. The Italian was confident that he would soon be able to count on tyres that will allow him to be even more competitive.

    Loris Capirossi (97 laps) - best times 1m31.07s (race), 1m30.25 (qualifying);

    "Today, thanks also to the favourable weather conditions, we were able to get through a lot of work and do a lot of laps. Every day that goes by I am more and more convinced of the potential of the GP6, even at this track, which is very fast and technical. I tested two chassis, one of which was stiffer than the other, and at the next tests in Sepang we will decide which one to use throughout the season. They both have pros and cons, but for the moment I prefer the less stiffer one. We have a big margin for improvement with the tyres. Bridgestone have got a lot of data to work with to make improvements in the next tests and, knowing them, I'm sure they will".

    After travelling around the world and testing for the last fortnight, the entire Ducati Marlboro Team can now fly back home. The break will last just one week however as they will then return to the Far East for the final winter testing session outside of Europe at the Sepang circuit again from February 14-16.

    Temperature: air 26-28 C / track 32-43 C.

    Unofficial times:

  1. 1. Marco Melandri (Honda), 1m30.60s
  2. 2. Sete Gibernau (Ducati), 1m30.92s
  3. 3. Nicky Hayden (Honda), 1m30.99s
  4. 4. Loris Capirossi (Ducati), 1m31.07s
  5. 5. Dani Pedrosa (Honda), 1m31.10s
  6. 6. Casey Stoner (Honda), 1m31.13s
  7. 7. Kenny Roberts Jr. (KR), 1m31.68s
  8. 8. Randy De Puniet (Kawasaki), 1m31. 70s
  9. 8. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki), 1m31.72s
  10. 9. Makoto Tamada (Honda), 1m31.81s
  11. 10. Toni Elias (Honda), 1m32.14s
  12. 11. Alex Hoffman (Ducati), 1m32.40s
  13. 12. Jose Luis Cardoso (Ducati), 1m32.52s