Ducati Valencia test notes 2003-02-23

Hodgson (Team Ducati Fila) smashes lap record at Valencia. Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus (Team Ducati Fila) wrapped up proceedings on the final day of official SBK Winter testing with the quickest times at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit in Spain.

Hodgson (Team Ducati Fila) smashes lap record at Valencia.

Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus (Team Ducati Fila) wrapped up proceedings on the final day of official SBK Winter testing with the quickest times at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit in Spain. Hodgson in particular was in superb form, smashing the lap record which belonged to Bostrom (Ducati L&M), and leaving the mark at 1'34.01. Team-mate Xaus was eight-tenths of a second slower around the 4.005 km circuit, while the new Ducati 999 is already proving to be competitive in race trim.

"That was really good today" declared Neil. "I managed to find an excellent set-up on the bike and Michelin is providing me with some great tyres. I feel at one with the 999, it's the way I like it. I really needed this test to get back in action after two months away from the track. I thought it would take longer to get to this point but it didn't and now I'm feeling really confident for the start of the season."

"I waited until the end of the day to try and attack Neil's time, but there was a lot of humidity on the track and I slid off at turn 4" commented Ruben. "I'm pleased with the way the bike is working, the rear tyre is excellent, but I didn't have enough time to choose the front for the race. I'm pretty sure conditions will be exactly the same when we come here for the first round next weekend."

Team Ducati Fila will be officially launched tomorrow Monday 24th February at the Gilli Cube in Milan and the Ducati 999 together with riders Hodgson and Xaus will be seen in their new livery for the first time at the opening round of the 2003 World Superbike Championship, which kicks off next weekend at Valencia.

OFFICIAL TIMES:
1. Hodgson (Ducati Fila) 1'34.01
2. Xaus (Ducati Fila) 1'34.80
3. Laconi (Ducati NCR) 1'35.59
4. Walker (HM Plant Ducati) 1'35.46
5. Toseland (HM Plant Ducati) 1'35.66
6. Martin (Ducati DFX) 1'35.87
7. Chili (Ducati) 1'35.91
8. Corser (Foggy Petronas) 1'36.14
9. Borja (Ducati DFX) 1'36.23
10. Haydon (Foggy Petronas) 1'36.64

-dc-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Neil Hodgson , Ruben Xaus