SUPERB STONER DOMINATES DAY ONE AT THE 'RING, CAPIROSSI WORKS ON SET-UP Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner dominated the opening two practice sessions at the Sachsenring today, setting a blistering pace aboard his Desmosedici GP7. Team-mate...
SUPERB STONER DOMINATES DAY ONE AT THE 'RING, CAPIROSSI WORKS ON SET-UP
Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner dominated the opening two practice sessions at the Sachsenring today, setting a blistering pace aboard his Desmosedici GP7. Team-mate Loris Capirossi spent the day acquainting himself with a different engine regulation and is confident of moving up from 12th quickest.
World Championship leader Stoner ended the day 0.346 seconds ahead of his closest rival and was an impressive six tenths of a second inside the lap record. Capirossi meanwhile announced himself happy with his different engine spec - a mix of the standard GP7 spec and a milder spec he first tried last month.
This afternoon's session was run in warm conditions following some light rain showers this morning. Latest weather forecasts suggest a much hotter weekend with temperatures predicted to reach 35 degrees on Sunday.
CASEY STONER, fastest, 1m 22.737
"We seem to be pretty quick straight out of the box, we've not had to change too much with the bike. The team is doing a great job because we seem to be doing it pretty easy so far. Yet again, there's no big straights in this track but the Ducati is showing how good it is on these tight and twisty circuits. We knew it'd be okay here because the bike has been fine at other tight tracks, like Donington and Le Mans. It's really performing well at every circuit, so long as we do our job right, the bike seems to perform. The Bridgestones seem good here, we've used a softer rear and a harder rear, and we're doing pretty similar lap times with both tyres. I've already done a few long runs, now we just need to see what the weather does for tomorrow and get some more laps on the tyres. We'll have to wait and see what happens if it does get hotter, this new surface seems pretty abrasive so it might improve with the heat or get worse. I don't like the new surface, it's a little scary on the bumps in some places, so a few people crashed this morning."
LORIS CAPIROSSI, 12th fastest, 1m 23.687s
"I'm happy enough, even though I'm 12th. Another three tenths and I would be in the top five, so we are not so far away. Today we worked well enough and the weather is forecast to improve tomorrow, so we will have the chance to make further progress. We are using an engine spec which is a compromise between the standard engine and the different spec we used for the first time at Mugello, and it's performing well enough. The tyres are okay, today I used the same 16.5 inch rear for 30 laps, so we shouldn't have any problems with endurance. Tomorrow we will be looking for more rear traction, maybe we'll sacrifice a little from the front, as always trying to find the best compromise."