Qatar pre-season test: Day Two

Makoto Tamada and Loris Capirossi shared the top of the timesheets as the two finished their second day of testing with a fastest time of 1:57.69. Their times were almost a second faster than Nicky Hayden's time from the first day, quite an ...

Makoto Tamada and Loris Capirossi shared the top of the timesheets as the two finished their second day of testing with a fastest time of 1:57.69.

Their times were almost a second faster than Nicky Hayden's time from the first day, quite an achievement.

"I'm very happy because we understand day after day that our situation is getting better and better, and the lap times we have achieved today are the proof of our evolution. Today I have achieved with racing tires, a lap time more than three seconds faster than the time I have obtained during last season's qualifying sessions. This makes me even happier if I think that we'll be able to reach a higher level of competitiveness before the beginning of the championship. Also my physical conditions are getting better. I have almost fully recovered from the hard hit that I suffered during the fall at Phillip Island circuit and today I was able to work all day without any sort of problem," stated Tamada.

Under the Ducati garage, Capirossi said, "today was a really tough day, but it gave me a lot of satisfaction. We tried a lot of front tires and at the end of the day three rear race tires. I set a good time, I'm pleased about that but am ready to work even harder tomorrow."

Yesterday's star, number 69, finished the day third fastest. His teammate, Max Biaggi finished fourth, followed by compatriot Marco Melandri in fifth place.

Sete Gibernau returned to work today and while he may have finished the day only 9th fastest, he was still within one second of Tamada's and Capirossi's time; not too bad for his first day.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Max Biaggi , Loris Capirossi , Sete Gibernau , Makoto Tamada , Marco Melandri , Phillip Island