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MotoGP - Ducati Marlboro Set Quick Times On Race Tyres In One-Dat Test At Jerez - March 27th 2006


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    Just 24 hours after the celebrations over the victory of Loris Capirossi in the opening round of the 2006 MotoGP season, the Italian team was back at work today at Jerez for a one-day scheduled test on the Andalusian circuit.

    The Italian rider focussed mainly on testing new Bridgestone tyres and continuing the Ducati Desmosedici GP6's development schedule. Loris lapped consistently around the 1m41s mark, ending the day with a best time of 1m40.798s.

    Sete Gibernau put aside his Jerez race disappointment to immediately set the quickest time of 1m40.504s on the fourth lap of his opening run of the day. A harmless slide interrupted the Spanish rider's session for a few minutes but the Spanish rider was able to successfully conclude the test in preparation for the next round of the championship in Qatar.

    Toni Elias (1'41.16, 67 laps): "Today we worked a little bit on the setting in order to improve my pace. We worked mainly on the suspensions without changing too much yesterday configuration. In fact we have found a good base that I like a lot. In the afternoon we started the preparation of the GP of Qatar. I leave Jerez satisfied and confident for the second race of the season."

    Marco Melandri (1'41. 400, 78 laps ): "I'm quite satisfied because compared to yesterday I lapped consistently improving my lap time. Unfortunately, at the moment, I am still not able to use all the potential that the bike has."

    Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta Honda Rider (54 laps - 1'41.234");

    "This day has started well. I have already been able to improve the best race lap time of more than one second in the first hour of test. The feeling with the bike was clearly better than yesterday even if the setting had not been modified significantly. For this, I am really sorry for the fall all the more as so the last part of the session was expected to be dedicated to the test of some new Michelin tyres. I have only got some contusions, but I will have no problem to be at the top of my physical conditions in Qatar."

    Temperatures: air 23 / track 31 C

  1. 1) Nicky Hayden (Honda) 1m39. 910s
  2. 2) Sete Gibernau (Ducati) 1m40.504s
  3. 3) Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 1m40.798s
  4. 4) Casey Stoner (Honda) 1m40. 821s
  5. 5) Daniel Pedrosa (Honda) 1m40. 845s
  6. 6) Carlos Checa (Yamaha) 1m40. 932s
  7. 7) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1m40. 966s
  8. 8) John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1m41.096s
  9. 9) Shynja Nakano (Kawasaki) 1m41.178s
  10. 10) Toni Elias (Honda) 1m41.193s
  11. 11) Makoto Tamada (Honda) 1m41. 234s
  12. 12) Marco Melandri (Honda) 1m41. 400s
  13. 13) Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1m41. 442s
  14. 14) Cris Vermullen (Suzuki) 1m41. 554s
  15. 15) Kenny Roberts (KRHonda) 1m41.861s
  16. 16) James Ellison (Yamaha) 1m42.924s