Alice Team Phillip Island test notes 2008-01-31

The second day of testing at the Phillip Island circuit, in Australia, has been characterized by the rain which was present during all morning and has limited the Alice Team riders' work. Only in the late afternoon the track was completely dry ...

The second day of testing at the Phillip Island circuit, in Australia, has been characterized by the rain which was present during all morning and has limited the Alice Team riders' work. Only in the late afternoon the track was completely dry allowing Toni and Sylvain to continue the development of their Ducati Desmosedici GP8 Sat. Tomorrow last day of work for the Alice Team before the Official IRTA Test in Jerez in mid February.

Fabiano Sterlacchini -- Technical Director

"We are not satisfied yet, we are still too far from the fastest riders. We made many changes to try to adapt the bike to Toni's riding style, but at the moment results aren't coming. Toni has a particular riding style, I am sure that soon we will find the right setting for him, he will make it to show his best, it's only matter of time. We have taken a step forward today, we have found a front tyre with which we find ourselves very good."

Sergio Verbena -- Track Engineer

"This morning has rained a lot and this has obligated us to modify our working program. This was the first time for Sylvain on this bike with this tyres on wet track, and I have to say he did quite a good job. Apart Stoner, we weren't so far from the fastest riders, and this is a good sign for us. In the late afternoon the track completely dry out but we didn't have enough time to make any big step forward."

Toni Elias -- Alice Team Rider (13th best lap time in 1'32.246 -- Total laps 59)

"This morning rain hasn't helped us. We need to do as many laps as possible on the dry to find the right setting of the bike and consequently be competitive also in wet conditions. We made it to work on completely dry track for less than a couple of hours and we manage to obtain some good result. We have found a good solution for the front tyre and we will keep working on it tomorrow."

Sylvain Guintoli -- Alice Team Rider (14th best lap time in 1'32.431 -- Total laps 64)

"Also today it was a good day of work for us, also because I had my first experience on wet track with this bike and Bridgestone tyres. I can consider my self satisfied for how we performed. We were in the middle of the standing and this is good for us. We couldn't do much in the few laps we had with total dry track, but we count on a sunny day tomorrow to try to improve our lap times and maybe try some qualifying tyres."

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Toni Elias , Sylvain Guintoli , Phillip Island