Rain and wind play havoc with Estoril tests for Bayliss and Capirossi.
Estoril (Portugal), 26 February 2003 - IRTA testing was again conditioned by bad weather, this time in Portugal, as rain and wind lashed the Estoril circuit today on day 1 of a two-day session and the Ducati Marlboro Team was unable to complete the scheduled programme. Violent storms and the occasional clear sky characterised this first day of testing, forcing the riders in and out of the pits.
Capirossi completed a total of 25 laps with a quickest time of 1'43.742, while Bayliss, who was seeing Estoril for the first time, did 41 laps as he got to grips with the circuit. His best time of 1'50.403 was set with intermediate tyres. Late in the morning, the only occasion in which slick tyres could be used, Troy was unable to go out on the track as his mechanics were working on the Desmosedici machine.
"We can't really be happy with a day like this" said Ducati Marlboro Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli at the end of the day. "Conditions were absurd and it was difficult to work. Our programme is continuing however and we worked on bike set-up, both in wet and dry conditions, and did more tyre testing. Let's hope that tomorrow the weather improves and we can all get some work done."
"Another day with terrible weather" declared Loris, "but we have tested the wet weather set-up, even though the conditions were not ideal. First Jerez with the rain, now Estoril. Hopefully things will be better tomorrow."
"Today was the first time I've ever seen this place" commented Troy, "but even so I'm pleased with the way things went. For sure I would have liked to have tested in better conditions, but it's all part of the experience. We picked up some important data, regarding tyres and wet-weather settings."