Just a few hours after the podium celebrations of the Grand Prix of Turkey, Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi were out on the track again for a supplementary one-day testing session at the Istanbul Park circuit.
After the poor weather encountered in Monday testing following the first two races, the Ducati Marlboro Team riders were finally able to enjoy sunny conditions for tyre and development tests with the Ducati Desmosedici GP7, which produced promising results for both riders.
Half-way through the day Stoner had a harmless crash that failed to prevent him from resuming the test almost immediately and complete the work schedule.
The Ducati Marlboro Team are now preparing for the next flyaway event in this year's calendar, round 4 in Shanghai (China) on May 6.
Casey Stoner (41 laps) Best lap on race tyres: 1m53.54s; Best lap on qualifying tyres: 1m53.34s
"It was hard to get out of bed this morning after yesterday's race, but I knew I had to do some work because I want to do the same in China! We did some tyre testing on race and qualifying, and found some good solutions for both. We also worked on engine mapping and managed to get through a lot of work because we had good weather in the post-race test sessions for the first time. The only thing that went wrong was that I had a stupid crash. I was on my exit lap, I wasn't pushing hard and I crashed in a slow corner. It wasn't a big crash but I got a knock on the head which I'm sure will make me go quicker in China!"
Loris Capirossi (51 laps) Best lap on race tyres: 1m54.04s; Best lap on qualifying tyres: 1m53.61s;
"Today was a positive test session, with ideal weather conditions which were very similar to yesterday's. We were hampered by a few minor technical problems, especially electronic, but I'd rather they happened today than yesterday! I tested a different front fork and liked it and I'll probably try it again in China. We also tested some rear race tyres. Here they went really well, but in any case we found something that goes even better! I also tried some new qualifying tyres and they seemed to work better than the ones we had on Saturday. At this point I can't wait to get back on the track at Shanghai!"
Alex Barros (1'53.200 qualifying tyres, 1'53.300 race tires - 69 laps):
"I'm very happy for this day, it couldn't be better than this! We made a lot of laps using new kind of tires that give us very positive results; riding my DUCATI GP7, I was able to lower my race pace round about one second. This test's result was really important for us, we had a confirm about our competitiveness one time more.
I'm more confident and motivated to go on, all seems to be in the right direction, if we continued to well work, I'm sure about good results as the fourth position yesterday achieve."
Alex Hofmann (1'54.240 race tires - 32 laps):
"Unfortunately I'm wasn't able to have the maximum from this Turkish tests. The ache I had was quite strong and I can stay on saddle in the right way. I go do on track for the only reason to try important things for my next European races at Le Mans. Today the track had good conditions and made me confident with a kind of Bridgestone race's tires, in fact I succeded to improve my time obtained with qualifying tires; today my race pace was 1'54 low. As regarding the general set-up, we don't made something different, only few different adjustment for each kind of tires. In spite of I spend few time on track, we obtained equally some important information, now I hope to return in good heath as soon as possible for the next race in China".
"Today we solved a few problems that did not allow us to get a better result in yesterday's race thus I am quite satisfied. I focused on tyres testing and the feeling is much better now especially on the front. On qualifiers I got a very good lap time that could be good for the 7th place in yesterdays grid. However I have to concentrate on the next GP in Shanghai because we already have a base set up to develop even if the Chinese track is not one of my favourites. I think that some points are very interesting but it suits more to F1 than the two-wheels. In these days I will be in Japan for a test session regarding my participation to the Suzuka 8 hours race (the most spectacular two-wheels duration race on Superbike machines which will take place at Suzuka circuit at the end of July!); I like that challenge very much and I am seriously considering Honda offer".
Unofficial best lap time;
- Vermeulen - 1'53.1
- Barros - 1'53.2
- Stoner - 1'53.3
- Elias - 1'53.3
- Melandri - 1'53.4
- Hopkins - 1'53.5
- Capirossi - 1'53.6
- De Puniet - 1'53.6
- Hayden - 1'53.8
- Rossi - 1'54.0
- Hoffmann - 1'54.2