Qatar: Ducati Thursday notes

A LESS THAN EASY FIRST DAY FOR THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM AT LOSAIL Losail (Qatar), Thursday 12th February: the Ducati Xerox Team faced hot and humid conditions today at the International Circuit of Losail with track temperatures in the high thirties...

A LESS THAN EASY FIRST DAY FOR THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM AT LOSAIL

Losail (Qatar), Thursday 12th February: the Ducati Xerox Team faced hot and humid conditions today at the International Circuit of Losail with track temperatures in the high thirties during the afternoon's first qualifying session.

This meant that Ducati Xerox man Noriyuki Haga, riding high on the back of his win at Phillip Island two weeks ago, and team-mate Michel Fabrizio both experienced a lack of grip, especially at the rear, which has meant that they have been working with their teams to find the best compromise regarding the set-up. Before the end of today Michel had registered the eighth fastest time and Noriyuki the eleventh fastest lap.

With the exception of two very fast times registered this afternoon by Yamaha rider Ben Spies and Honda's Jonathan Rea, lap times were extremely close with seventeen riders lapping within a second of each other. Temperatures are set to rise even higher during the next two days, making for exciting racing on Saturday.

Michel Fabrizio 2m00.1s

"It feels like we lost his morning's session as we completed very few laps so have had to make up for that this afternoon during qualifying, and haven't had time to make the progress we hoped for. If we had gone straight out this morning without problems we would surely have done better than we did this afternoon. I have had some problems with grip and we need to see which tyres can last race distance but all in all, I'm reasonably confident for now and we know what we need to try tomorrow in second qualifying."

Noriyuki Haga 2m00.2s

"Today was a strange day for me. We tried a different rear suspension setting to that used in Australia but the grip did not improve as we expected it to. Anyway the feeling I have with the 1198 is good and tomorrow we really just need to resolve the fact that I'm lacking rear grip. I will speak with my technicians again to decide how we will proceed tomorrow, we need to find a new way forward. There were some fast times recorded today so I need to pick up my pace tomorrow."

-credit: ducati

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Noriyuki Haga , Ben Spies , Michel Fabrizio , Jonathan Rea , Phillip Island