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MotoGP - The Ducati Marlboro Team Returns To The Track at Sepang - January 23rd 2006

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    From the snows of Madonna di Campiglio to the oppressive heat of Malaysia: the Ducati Desmosedici GP6 takes to the track for the first time in 2006.

    After a week of relaxation, skiing and training on the snows of Madonna di Campiglio during the Wroom 2006 - MotoGP press Ski Meeting, Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau are now in Sepang, Malaysia for their first 2006 test session today with the Desmosedici GP6.

    The Malaysian circuit, where Loris set pole and won in 2005 and Checa finished third, is well-suited for the Ducati/Bridgestone pairing, and as a result is an important starting-point for the new season.

    Despite a harmless fall for Loris half-an-hour into today's first session, the Italian rider worked according to schedule, concentrating mainly on the search for the best set-up for the new Desmosedici GP6 which proved to be quick straight out of the box.

    Sete Gibernau continues to get to know his new team and his new bike and is gradually finding the right feeling with the Desmosedici GP6.

    Loris Capirossi (38 laps - 2m02.54s);

    "Things are still not 100% right but I'm pretty pleased with the first day of testing after the winter break. Today we worked a lot on the bike set-up and on the new GP6 engine and I'm happy with the progress we made. We still have to improve the bike's stability in the quick sections and we are working mainly to get that right, but for a first time out things are going well".

    Sete Gibernau (56 laps - 2m02.86s);

    "I thought there would be a lot of work to do and that proved to be the case, and that's a big motivation for me. Today for the first time we searched for adjustments that allowed me to get a better feeling with my Ducati and the team is working well to understand exactly what I need to make me have the best possible feeling with the new bike. We'll need a bit more time but things have got off to a good start and I'm feeling really confident".

    Temperature: air 31/track 53.8 C.

    Unofficial times:

  1. 1. Valentino Rossi, 2m02.09s
  2. 2. Nicky Hayden, 2m02.19s
  3. 3. Marco Melandri, 2m02.28s
  4. 4. Loris Capirossi, 2m02.54s
  5. 5. Colin Edwards, 2m02.60s
  6. 6. Daniel Pedrosa, 2m02.74s
  7. 7. Sete Gibernau, 2m02.86s