Ducati Tests at Valencia

The Ducati 2001 Factory bikes returned to the track today at Valenciafor the first of two days of testing that concludes the 2000 season.Factory riders Ben Bostrom and Troy Bayliss will be testing without Ruben Xaus, who is still recovering after hisrecent crash.

The two-day session will see the team and riders try out new tires fornext season's WSBK championship...



In the middle of the afternoon session, Ben Bostrom (Ducati-Dunlop)equaled his best time set during November's tests in qualifying trim:1m35.90s, confirming the excellent feeling the Californian has reachedwith the Factory 2001 he was riding for the second time. Today's timeset by Bostrom is just a shade slower than the excellent 1m35.69s setyesterday by Neil Hodgson (Ducati GSE), who has now returned to Britain.

It was also an intense day's work for Troy Bayliss (Ducati-Michelin),who tried out a number of different solutions, setting a best time of1m36.18s which is a good sign for tomorrow's final day when the riderswill go for quick laps.

"We did some good work today," said a satisfied Ben Bostrom. "It's apity about the last two hours of the day, when you've got the sun rightin your eyes every time the bike goes in a westerly direction. You arealmost totally blind and it's difficult to push hard. I'm trying to findthe best possible tires and then I'll be able to set the bike upperfectly. Tomorrow I'll be trying to improve my time."

"We did a lot of work today and found some good solutions," commentedTroy Bayliss. "I tested several different compounds and got some gooddata. I had a harmless slide at the end of the session but didn't losemy concentration much. I lost grip at the rear but managed to keepcontrol of the bike and take it into the gravel trap where I put it downon the ground at low speed. There was no damage and tomorrow we'll becontinuing with the program."

For more informations and photos check out the Ducati Web Site: www.ducati.com

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