STONER FASTEST ON DAY ONE AS MELANDRI MAKES PROGRESS Casey Stoner was at his brilliant best again at the Sachsenring today, starting the German GP at a blistering pace as he lapped inside the circuit record in morning free practice before ...
STONER FASTEST ON DAY ONE AS MELANDRI MAKES PROGRESS
Casey Stoner was at his brilliant best again at the Sachsenring today, starting the German GP at a blistering pace as he lapped inside the circuit record in morning free practice before dipping inside pole record time during the afternoon, all on race tyres. The Australian's total domination was blighted only by a crash at the start of his final run, although his work at that point was virtually done, after a day spent adapting front-end set-up to optimise performance of his Bridgestone tyres.
Marco Melandri took a small step forward this afternoon, which allowed him to increase his pace in certain sections of the track. He is hoping for similarly good weather tomorrow as he looks to continue in the same vein.
Continued collaboration between Ducati Marlboro Team and its technical partners has been particularly fruitful today in finding the optimum set-up for the bike and tyres, with the team's engineers working closely alongside Bridgestone's own technicians and representatives from Shell.
For the first time in MotoGP, the Ducati Marlboro Team has been joined in the paddock by the Shell truck lab, a mobile facility in which samples of Shell V-Power race fuel and Shell Advance race oil can be tested during the race weekend. In fact, Shell technicians will test the Ducati riders' race oil and fuel right after the final free practice on Saturday, carrying out research that is usually conducted between races back at their main laboratories, enabling the fuels and the lubricants to be optimized for the race bikes first, and consequently for the road bikes.
CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) 1st: 1'21.585
"We got reasonably lucky today with the crash - my right ankle is a little sore but it's nothing major. I hadn't had any warnings from the front end that it was going to try and flick me off down there so I really wasn't ready for it. At that point of the circuit the bike isn't at maximum lean and you don't normally expect to lose the front, so I certainly didn't see it coming and I didn't even have chance to dig my knee in and try to save it. It was a bit strange but anyway sometimes it goes like that and there are plenty of positives to take from today. This morning we were struggling with front tyre life but we completely changed the bike around for the afternoon, fixed that particular problem before then focusing on making the bike faster and more comfortable to ride. We managed to do that and the bike was working really well."
MARCO MELANDRI (Ducati Marlboro Team) 16th: 1'23.698
"From this morning we managed to improve the bike in the fast sections of the track although in the slow parts we're still not competitive. We have to work mainly in T1 and T2 because I'm struggling to get the bike to turn in there. Hopefully the weather stays stable over the next two days, be it wet or dry, so that we can get lots of work in on corner entry."