HAGA AND FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) COMPLETE SECOND DAY OF TESTING AT THE ISLAND Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 22nd February 2009: The Ducati Xerox Team made good progress during the second and final day of testing at the Island. Both ...
HAGA AND FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) COMPLETE SECOND DAY OF TESTING AT THE ISLAND
Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 22nd February 2009: The Ducati Xerox Team made good progress during the second and final day of testing at the Island.
Both Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio spent their time testing various tyres and set-ups and both completed long runs on their Ducati 1198 machines under clear skies. The lap times of both Noriyuki, in the morning session, and Michel, in the afternoon, were faster than those recorded on Day 1, with Michel recording the fastest time of the day (1m32.1s). It was unfortunate that Noriyuki experienced another fall, the photocopy of yesterday's fall, but he was unhurt and was able to continue to work until the end of the day's session.
The Ducati Xerox Team now takes a few days off and will return to the track Friday for the first day of the Round 1 race weekend. Noriyuki, Michel and their teams are confident that they are ready to confront the first challenging round of the 2009 season.
"We have worked mainly on getting up to race pace today and it's gone pretty well. In the late morning I completed a long-run with lap times that were similar to those I recorded during last year's race here so I was pleased with that. It's all looking good for next weekend and I'm feeling quietly confident.
"I'd say overall that it has been a productive day. We have once again tested many different things and I feel I'm starting to know the bike better but we still have work to do in order to test all the configurations that the bike permits. I rode race distance which was a useful exercise and I was quite happy with the wear of the tyres, especially the front. On Friday we want to test some different suspension settings as I am not yet totally comfortable with the front. I'm sorry that I crashed again in exactly the same way and place as yesterday but accidents happen and overall I'm happy with the work we've done here."