PROGRESS CONTINUES TO BE MADE IN THE DUCATI XEROX GARAGE AT PORTIMAO Portimao (Portugal): Saturday 24th January 2009: Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio continued the testing of their Ducati 1198 F09 machines on track today at the Autodromo ...
PROGRESS CONTINUES TO BE MADE IN THE DUCATI XEROX GARAGE AT PORTIMAO
Portimao (Portugal): Saturday 24th January 2009: Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio continued the testing of their Ducati 1198 F09 machines on track today at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal.
In the morning session the Ducati Xerox riders did not go out due to the wet track conditions. In the second session of the day Noriyuki and Michel continued to test various suspension settings and tyres with positive results. Of the 27 riders on track, Noriyuki and Michel were among the eight who lapped in under 1m44, with Noriyuki registering the third fastest time of the day and Michel the eighth. New Ducati rider Noriyuki feels that he is making good progress while team-mate Michel would like to see an improvement in his performance tomorrow.
Tomorrow afternoon all teams will have the chance to test out the two new regulation changes this year, in particular the new 'knock-out' format of Saturday's Superpole.
"Today we lost the way a little bit, I'm not sure why but I didn't feel 100% comfortable. I'm sure that we can sort it out tomorrow and we'll continue to test the new tyres, hopefully with much better results. I would like to be able to finish this three-test in the same way we finished at Kyalami."
"Today we found a good setting but I need more track time using that setting. I am also still learning with regard to the feeling of the bike but I feel that I'm making good progress. The last few tyres we tried felt good but with us still testing different suspension settings, it means we haven't yet found the perfect balance I don't think. We will see what further progress we can make tomorrow."