STONER FASTER THAN EVER, MELANDRI FEELING AT HOME The Ducati Marlboro Team today concluded its two-day test at Valencia with World Champion Casey Stoner continuing to dominate with his impressive pace and new team-mate Marco Melandri getting ...
STONER FASTER THAN EVER, MELANDRI FEELING AT HOME
The Ducati Marlboro Team today concluded its two-day test at Valencia with World Champion Casey Stoner continuing to dominate with his impressive pace and new team-mate Marco Melandri getting to grips with his Desmosedici V4.
Casey Stoner, best lap 1m 32.095s (55 laps)
"We found something extra during these tests. Straight away yesterday, second lap out, we went a lot quicker than we did in the race on Sunday and we just kept going from there. Today we kept getting faster and faster. We weren't really trying to do that, we had a lot of tyres and things to test, so we weren't out there trying to do lap times, but everything just seemed to come to us quite easily. It's been a fantastic season for us and it's really good to end this test with some positives and some more information which the Ducati technicians can take back to Bologna, knowing that we've got something more to work with and knowing the right direction in which to head."
Marco Melandri, best lap 1m 33.835s (87 laps)
"Today we worked a lot on the engine and electronics, to understand how the bike reacts to every kind of change. It's been demanding because the throttle feeling is very different to what I'm used to. This afternoon we started working on the chassis, making some important, if not radical, changes. During the last half hour of the day I could feel we were improving and that we were starting to go in the right direction for my riding style. It was maybe too late to better my lap time but the sensation was really encouraging. Generally I'm very happy because I'm beginning to understand this bike's huge potential. All I've got to do is work hard to get it set up for my style."