Stoner 'happy' with new Ducati engine

Ducati team-mates get to grips with 2010 Desmosedici racers

DUCATI Marlboro Team riders, Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden, posted 2nd and 7th fastest times at Sepang, during the first 2010 test sessions on their new GP10 Desmosedici racers.

Stoner was quickly on the pace and then focused on the set-up of his bike trying to solve a problem of chatter but was happy with the new engine. Hayden went well but also suffered similar problems to his Australian team-mate. The pair are now looking forward to working more on the base settings of the GP10 and are confident of improving it tomorrow.

Casey Stoner  2nd fastest 2’01.902  (42 laps)

“This first day was a bit difficult to understand: we started off with a setting that was quite good and that allowed us to make reasonably good lap times. We thought we would improve as the day went on but we had a few problems with chatter. We tried a lot of different combinations trying to make the bike feel a little bit better but we couldn’t really get an improvement. To be honest it was difficult to work out why because the track conditions were particularly difficult - it was so hot that it was actually hard to understand if you were make an improvement on the bike or not. In any case, I’m really happy with the new engine, I think that with the other one we would have struggled more. Now the bike in general feel very good, very balanced and I’m happy with it. Hopefully the weather will be a little cooler tomorrow so that we can understand better if the changes we try are the right ones”.

Nicky Hayden -  7th fastest 2’02.792 (59 laps)

“Overall the day was positive, sure it went quite fast actually and at the end of the day when we were ready to do some more laps the rain came and cut it a little bit short. It would be nice to have the chance to do some more laps. But overall the bike was feeling quite good. We made a couple of little tweaks that helped us but we struggle a lot for edge chatter. There’s not much testing before the start of the season so we’ve got to move fast: day one is in the bag, we have established a good starting point and we go from here”.
Sepang Record: Casey Stoner (Ducati - 2007) 2’02.108
Sepang Best Pole: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha - 2009), 2’00.518