The Ducati Marlboro Team went back to work at warm and sunny Donington Park today, just six days after last Saturday's Dutch TT. Riders Loris Capirossi and Alex Hofmann finished the day tenth and 15th quickest, the Italian preferring not to take...
The Ducati Marlboro Team went back to work at warm and sunny Donington Park today, just six days after last Saturday's Dutch TT. Riders Loris Capirossi and Alex Hofmann finished the day tenth and 15th quickest, the Italian preferring not to take part in the afternoon session to rest the chest injuries he sustained in the turn-one accident at Catalunya two weeks ago.
Capirossi is still in pain and struggling to breathe normally. And because his injuries are internal they are difficult to treat and are quite unresponsive to pain therapies, so rest is the best cure in order to be as strong as possible for Sunday's race. Hofmann made a steady start this morning but made useful improvements to the set-up of his Desmosedici GP6 this afternoon.
LORIS CAPIROSSI, FP1 8th fastest, 1m 29.798s "This morning's practice went well. I was pretty happy with our tyres and our set-up which didn't need many changes to work here. But after ten laps or so my chest started hurting again, though it isn't as bad as it was at Assen. After that I decided on a new strategy, to rest this afternoon and get back on track tomorrow, then having pain-killing injections for the race. I think I can have a good enough race and maybe take home useful points. I still have a strong belief in the championship. In two weeks at the Sachsenring I expect to be 80 to 90 per cent fit, then for the last seven races I think we'll be very competitive from every point of view - bike, tyres and rider."
ALEX HOFMANN, 15th fastest, 1m 30.387s "We didn't exactly lose this morning's session but we definitely didn't make the best of starts, that's why I'm a bit down the list. I was struggling with wheelspin, I couldn't get the power down but 20 minutes into this afternoon's session we some good improvements, which allowed me to feel the bike and the tyres so I could start to work. We made some changes to the rear suspension settings and tested some tyres and I think with what we've learned we can make another useful step forward tomorrow. My aim is to do consistent 29s on race tyres tomorrow morning, so I've got a good pace going into qualifying."