STONER SECOND & CAPIROSSI FOURTH - DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM MAKES FAST START AT BRNO Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner dominated both practice sessions at Brno today, only bettered by Guintoli using qualifying tyres at the very end of this ...
STONER SECOND & CAPIROSSI FOURTH - DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM MAKES FAST START AT BRNO
Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner dominated both practice sessions at Brno today, only bettered by Guintoli using qualifying tyres at the very end of this afternoon's outing. As usual, Stoner and Loris Capirossi only used race tyres on the first day of practice, Stoner comfortably fastest on race tyres and the impressive Capirossi just four tenths slower than his team-mate, was baulked by a slower rider on his fastest lap. Both riders were delighted to be back in action after the sport's traditional summer break that followed last month's US GP, won in masterful style by Stoner who currently leads the World Championship by 44 points.
CASEY STONER, 2nd fastest, 1m 58.568s
"I'm very happy to be back on the bike, it felt a little bit alien this morning because it feels like a long time since we were racing, but we've managed to get used to it pretty quick. The track, the tyres, the bike, everything seems to be working pretty well for me, I'm just happy to be back out there and we seem to be quite competitive again. This track is still a lot of fun to ride but now there seems to be a lot of areas that want to have you out of the seat, the surface isn't giving a really good feeling at the moment. We need a little bit more traction at those points where we're slipping and sliding. We also need to make a little improvement to the way the bike turns on the exit of the corners because we're losing a bit there."
LORIS CAPIROSSI, 4th fastest, 1m 58.969s
"I'm very happy because we've worked effectively since this morning. This afternoon we made a few little changes which worked well, so I could do a lot of laps around 1m 59.5s. I did my best lap on my final lap even though I was stuck behind Nakano who was slower than me, so I think I could have gone even faster. We have some other set-up ideas to try tomorrow and another tyre to test, the tyre that Casey thinks is the best of the three tyres we have here and which I've yet to try. It looks like this could be a positive weekend. We are using the standard spec engine, because you need a lot of power here, and the chassis set-up we used at the Sachsenring which gives me a very good feeling. The atmosphere in the pits is very good, we are very focused and we are concentrating very hard to make sure we enjoy a very positive final part of the season. I'm pretty happy".