''I'm really pleased with the work done''
The Ducati Marlboro Team has concluded the third and final day of the double overseas testing session in Malaysia and Australia.
Loris Capirossi and Casey Stoner did not complete as many laps today as the set-up of the Desmosedici
was already at a good point, so both riders concentrated on testing the new Bridgestone race tyres and successfully concluded a 20 lap race simulation.
The new qualifying tyres on the other hand did not resolve all the problems on the difficult Australian track but the data accumulated today will be fundamental for Bridgestone for development work.
The next test is scheduled for Qatar from 13-15 February, where all the MotoGP teams and riders will be present.
Loris Capirossi (34 laps, best time, with race tyre, 1m30.14s)
"These have been three positive days of testing. Since last week in Malaysia we have improved the set-up of the bike a lot and now we know that we are in good shape both here at Phillip Island and at Sepang. If we confirm these good sensations in the next test in Qatar and Jerez we will be satisfied and could be competitive throughout the entire championship. Today we did a successful race simulation. I really liked the new tyres brought by Bridgestone and I am already in good shape with them even though it was the first time we used them. The information accumulated in the long-run will be useful for their development but I am really pleased with the work done. With the qualifying tyres on the other hand we haven't yet resolved the problems that we had here last year, but we are on the right track and I am sure that we will resolve these as well.
A big thanks to the guys in Ducati Corse who have done a great job this winter and to my team who as always have been fantastic!"
Casey Stoner (40 laps, best time, with race tyre, 1m30.21s)
"Yesterday we were satisfied with the bike, so today we didn't do any more work on the set-up and concentrated on the race simulation which went well. I was able to lap at a good pace and I set some good times without pushing that hard, so I'm really satisfied! It was very useful to do a simulation to really get an idea of how the new Bridgestone tyres perform and I think that with the information we accumulated today the Japanese technicians will have enough data to continue the development of the new race tyres, which have great potential. I like the bike more and more and it's great working with this team! The qualifying tyres didn't perform as well as we expected but at this time of the year it's right to focus on the race set-up, and I'm really pleased with that. Now I'll be staying a few days in Australia before leaving for Qatar, a track that I really like and where I can't wait to test with the GP7".