After Sunday podium celebrations
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.
"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!"
Unofficial best lap time
De Puniet 1'53.6