Casey was fifth fastest on Wednesday
Overnight rain at the desert circuit of Losail in Qatar hampered yesterday's second day of testing for the MotoGP teams.
Track conditions changed drastically and despite it being dry, the surface was totally without grip and this
conditioned the work of the Ducati Marlboro Team for most of the day.
Both riders concentrated on obtaining the best front-end set-up, and it was only towards the end of the day that they managed to find the right direction, as a result approaching the good pace set yesterday.
Yesterday it was the turn of Casey Stoner, again in amongst the top 5, to crash, but without consequences for himself or the bike. Both Stoner and Loris Capirossi hope for better weather tomorrow to continue testing and to put together a long-run.
Casey Stoner (45 laps, best time 1m57.040s)
"We had a hard time today. Last night's rain changed the track conditions and in the morning there was no grip. Then the wind made things a bit more complicated. Late in the afternoon the track had some rubber on it, the wind had dropped and we managed to do some good laps again. Everyone says I crash too much so...
just to make them happy I had my first crash on a Ducati a few minutes from the end! It was just a small one however, I lost the rear under acceleration and ended up on the grass on the inside of the corner! I wasn't hurt and didn't damage the bike so I suppose it was OK!"
Loris Capirossi (52 laps, best time 1m57.698s)
"Today was really tough because the track conditions after yesterday's rain were a big problem. We didn't have any feeling with the front and did everything possible to try and improve the situation but we lost our way a bit. In the end we managed to improve without even getting the right feeling with the bike. I hope it won't rain tonight because tomorrow we want to carry on from where we left off today and do a long-run ".