DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM BEGINS FINAL TEST OF 2007 WITH NEW GP8
The Ducati Marlboro Team commenced its final test session of the year at Jerez today, deploying the factory's new Desmosedici GP8 in the hands of World Champion Casey Stoner and new team-mate Marco Melandri
Conditions were warm and sunny, with temperatures around 22 degrees, allowing teams to make the most of this first day of a three-day session. Stoner was immediately very fast on the GP8, gaining a very positive impression of the new bike. The Australian went on to top the day's lap times, despite a fall in the afternoon that left him unscathed. Melandri focused on chassis set-up, finding a good direction towards the end of the day.
Casey Stoner, best lap 1m 40.221s (35 laps)
"This first day with the GP8 was really positive for us. I immediately felt at home on the bike because it's pretty similar to what we rode last season. Today we were quite a bit faster than we were when we raced here back in March, which is very important because we have improved at a track that used to be a bit difficult for us. We found a very good set-up which could also be good at other circuits. We used 2007 spec tyres today, tomorrow we will start with Bridgestone's new tyres. The only bad moment of the day was the crash, but these things can happen. I'm okay though, so everything is fine."
Marco Melandri, best lap 1m 41.889s (62 laps)
"We started working on chassis geometry to adapt the bike to my riding style. Today we made some good choices on settings and also some not so good choices, but every change teaches us something more about the bike which is very important. Towards the end of the day we found a set-up that I liked better, even though I don't yet feel totally at ease. We have work to do and I'm not at all worried about that." <pre> Today lap times
1. Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team) 1'40.221 35 laps 2. Pedrosa (Honda) 1'40.355 50 3. Rossi (Yamaha) 1'40.514 49 4. Edwards (Yamaha) 1'40.790 38 5. Hayden (Honda) 1'40.923 53 6. De Angelis (Honda) 1'41.111 49 7. Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1'41.230 79 8. Nakano (Honda) 1'41.277 55 9. De Punite (Honda) 1'41.313 66 10. Hopkins (Kawasaki) 1'41.414 41 11. Toseland (Yamaha) 1'41.776 58 12. Melandri (Ducati Marlboro Team) 1'41.889 62 13. Dovizioso (Honda) 1'42.033 49 14. Canepa (Ducati) 1'42.666 50 15. Okada (Honda) 1'43.051 34 16. West (Kawasaki) 1'43.576 60 17. Ito (Ducati) 1'44.530 45 18. Guareschi (Ducati) 1'44.588 42