DUCATI XEROX TEAM RETURNS TO PORTIMAO TO CONTINUE WINTER TESTING; FABRIZIO AND HAGA IMMEDIATELY FAST. Portimao (Portugal), Friday 23rd January 2009: The Ducati Xerox Team today commenced a three-day Pirelli tyre test session at the ...
DUCATI XEROX TEAM RETURNS TO PORTIMAO TO CONTINUE WINTER TESTING; FABRIZIO AND HAGA IMMEDIATELY FAST.
Portimao (Portugal), Friday 23rd January 2009: The Ducati Xerox Team today commenced a three-day Pirelli tyre test session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. Having played host to the final World Superbike round of 2008, the very recently completed Portimao-based circuit this week welcomes back most of the World Superbike and Supersport teams who are on track until Sunday.
On this, day one of testing, Ducati factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio both got off to a positive start, despite the mixed conditions. After yesterday's rain, the track was still very wet for the duration of today's sessions which inevitably prevented the riders from lapping at very high speeds. Nonetheless Michel and Noriyuki continued to work with their teams and finished day one in good spirits, having registered the second and fifth fastest times respectively. Both riders hope for a drier day on track tomorrow.
The official presentation of the 2009 World Superbike championship was hosted this evening at the circuit by championship organisers Infront Sports (formerly FGSport), with all seven manufacturers taking part. The Ducati 1198 F09 was on display and factory riders Noriyuki and Michel participated in a press conference and subsequent interviews.
"It's nice to be back here in Portugal. We've made a good start and even though I was hoping to make the fastest time of the day I'm happy with the results anyway. We'll see if the track dries out a bit in time for tomorrow's sessions, if it does I'll be able to get a lot more laps under my belt."
"It's gone well today. This morning we couldn't do so much because the track was still very wet but the afternoon was more productive. I'm feeling pretty relaxed and comfortable with the bike and the team. I've had no real problems so far."