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MotoGP - Ducati Marlboro Team Men At Work Down Under - January 31st 2006

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    Loris Capirossi returns to the track where he had a spectacular crash in 2005 while Sete Gibernau continues his familiarisation with the new Desmosedici at Phillip Island.

    Phillip Island (Australia), Tuesday 31 January 2006 - Five days after the end of the first 2006 test session at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, the Ducati Marlboro Team has now moved to the spectacular Phillip Island track in Australia for its next test. Sete Gibernau completed his first laps at the Australian circuit with the new Desmosedici, while Loris Capirossi returned to the track for the first time since last October, when his spectacular crash in Australian GP free practice forced him to miss the next two races. The weather was cloudy in the morning but the skies cleared up in the afternoon and the entire day was characterized by the typical blustery conditions of the island circuit.

    Gibernau focussed mainly on chassis and tyre set-up for his Desmosedici and after reaching a satisfactory feeling the Spanish rider is now searching for the right set-up to enable him to lap constantly at a quick pace.

    Sete Gibernau (71 laps), best time 1m31.27s;

    "Today was dedicated mainly to tyre and chassis settings. On this track the engine braking is very important and it has to have different characteristics for the long fast curves and the Honda hairpin. We must make the most of the remaining two days to find a good compromise that will allow us to put in a continuous sequence of quick laps. Bridgestone also has a full programme of work that includes testing new tyres tomorrow".

    Loris Capirossi also put in a lot of laps on a circuit that he particularly likes, despite the memories of his crash last October.

    Loris Capirossi (74 laps), best time 1m31.60s;

    "Today we did a lot of work on the set-up of my Desmosedici GP6 and with the new tyres that Bridgestone brought along: things are going quite well, but we're still missing something that prevents me from going as quick as I would like. For sure, this circuit has completely different characteristics to Sepang, where we were last week and where we have always been at the top of the timesheets. However we still have two more days work ahead of us, and we'll use them to find the best possible set-up".

    The Ducati Marlboro Team will continue development work on the new Desmosedici bike and the tyres at the Phillip Island circuit for two more days.