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Author: Ducati Press Release
Posted on: Thursday, Mar 03 2005

Doha (Qatar), 2 March 2005

The Ducati Marlboro Team has concluded the second day of a three-day test at the Losail circuit in Qatar. Despite strong winds, the good weather (air 28 C/track 48 C) helped Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa complete the scheduled programme and carry out tests with several different types of front race tyres.

While yesterday Loris Capirossi had concentrated on establishing a good set-up for his Desmosedici GP5, today the Italian tested the numerous front tyres brought by Bridgestone and ended with an excellent time of 1m57.69s in his 58 laps. "Today was a really tough day, but it gave me a lot of satisfaction" commented Loris. "We tried a lot of front tyres and at the end of the day three rear race tyres. I set a good time, I'm pleased about that but am ready to work even harder tomorrow". As well as the tyres, Loris also tested a number of different gearbox settings.

Carlos Checa was also on the pace, recording a quickest time of 1m57.91s in his 60 laps. The Spanish rider also concentrated almost entirely on the front tyres."We worked a lot with the front tyres, I tested several different types but in the end found a good compromise" declared Carlos. "It was a long hard day, but I am pleased that I was able to get the most out of it. The track also improved, we were able to work better than yesterday and as a result the times were quicker".

Tomorrow the Ducati Marlboro Team will wrap up the three-day test at the Doha circuit, where it will return for the Qatar GP on Saturday 1 October.

The next test sessions for the team are:

Barcelona - IRTA Tests, 18-20 March

Jerez de la Frontera - IRTA Tests, 25-27 March

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