Capirossi and Gibernau ahead of everyone both on race and qualifying
tyres in the last of the three MotoGP test days.
A very positive day for the Ducati Marlboro Team today at Jerez. In warm
and sunny conditions, Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau put the
finishing touches to their Desmosedici GP6s before the World
Championship opener on this same circuit in 2 weeks time. Using
qualifying tyres, Loris improved on his new lap record and also lowered
last year's Pole Position time. Sete also did a very good job,
continuing to bond with his new team.
Both riders now can't wait for the racing to start.
It was also the last work day in Spain for the factory test rider,
Vittoriano Guareschi, riding with the Development Team.
Livio Suppo, Ducati MotoGP Project Manager;
"We can only be happy with how things went in these three days of tests.
We must thank Loris and Sete who once again proved just how strong they
are! We are now getting ready for the first race, we are aware that it's
not going to be as easy as it might look after today, but we are
certainly confident. The Ducati Corse engineers did a great job, back at
the factory and at the tracks, and so did the Bridgestone engineers who
made remarkable progress during the winter. However, this championship
level is so high that we just cannot relax. I would also like to thank
all our technical partners and Shell Advance in particular."
Loris Capirossi (laps: 56 - Best time on qualifying tyres 1'39.411 - Best time on race
"Three very positive days for us. We are well prepared for the season
opener and I am very happy. My Desmosedici responded well to all the
set-up modifications that we introduced and now it's perfect on this
track. It is not easy to find the perfect set-up for our GP6, but once
it's done, we have a great bike. In any case, I think that the work done
in the past few days will be important and useful on other tracks too,
and it will be a good starting point for the season that is about to
begin. Today we've been a little bit faster than yesterday: doing 40.2
on race tyres is quite an achievement! We improved our pace too, I'm
satisfied. I enjoyed riding on qualifying tyres and I was fast. We must
keep our feet on the ground because the others will improve also but,
now we can only enjoy this good ending to our winter tests! I'd like to
thank Bridgestone for the great job done in these months and everyone at
Ducati Corse. Our boys are really strong!"
Sete Gibernau (laps: 87 - Best time on qualifying tyres 1'39.663 - Best time on race
"It was a long, hard day and we tested a lot of new things on the bike
and with the tyres. Generally speaking, it went well although we took a
bit too long finding the right way to go and there was a little
confusion at some point. I would like to thank my team for the very
good job done, I'm happy with the way the pre-season testing ended.
Bridgestone also proved to be very competitive and very responsive. They
brought the right material to allow us to be both up to pace on race
tyres and very fast on qualifying tyres here. I would like to thank
everybody because we're working so well together. Now I can't wait for
the new season to start!"