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Nov 7, 2002

Ducati Finishes Second Day Of Testing At Valencia

From a press release issued by Ducati Corse:<BR><BR>DUCATI CORSE PRESS INFORMATION <BR>Valencia (Spain) <BR>Thursday 7 November 2002 <BR><BR>SECOND AND FINAL DAY OF DUCATI CORSE TESTING DISTURBED BY STRONG WINDS - CAPIROSSI, BAYLISS AND GUARESCHI CONTINUE DUCATI DESMOSEDICI DEVELOPMENT WORK, TOGETHER WITH XAUS ON THE 999 SUPERBIKE <BR><BR>Ducati Corse wrapped up a two-day testing session at the Valencia circuit in Spain today. The team's two MotoGP riders were present: Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi, who was given the OK to test by his current team manager Sito Pons and who stepped onto his next year's challenger for the second time today. Test rider Vittoriano Guareschi was also on hand to complete development work. <BR><BR>Strong winds and desert sand disturbed today's session, making the track dirty and thwarting any attempt to improve on yesterday's times. <BR><BR>Capirossi and Bayliss continued to get to grips with their new bikes, accumulating useful data for the development of the Desmosedici. In his 57 laps, Loris mainly worked on chassis and suspension settings and was pleased with the fact that the bike responded positively to the various changes. Troy completed 71 laps, concentrating mainly on bike set-up. <BR><BR>Guareschi also notched up the miles in his 71 laps, which included a successful 30-lap long-run. <BR><BR>Ruben Xaus, Ducati Corse factory rider for the 2003 World Superbike Championship, lapped without any problems today, and the Spanish rider tried out numerous different Michelin front tyres during his 77 laps.