800cc Duke 3.5 secs slower
BRNO, Czech Republic (AFP) - Loris Capirossi, fresh from his win in Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix, stayed on at the Brno circuit to test Ducati's model for next season.
Capirossi completed 28 laps on the new machine which conforms to new regulations coming in next year limiting the size of the engine to 800cc instead of 900cc, clocking a best time of 1min 59.6sec.
And the Italian was clearly impressed saying: "This first test was positive even if the bike will have to undergo further development.
"The engine has improved versatility. You have to ride it differently to the GP6 model but it's very likeable."
"The engine is obviously less powerful but it makes a great sound."
Is it weird in here, or is it just me?