While much attention was focussed on the Desmosedici debuts of Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus, at Valencia today, Ducati's regular factory riders' - Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi - continued development of the Italian company's 2004 racer.

Three Desmosedicis were brought to Valencia for the tests, with Bayliss and Capirossi joined by official test-rider Vittoriano Guareschi, who was testing specific components for next year on a 'laboratory' bike.

However, Ducati - like everyone present - found their running restricted by cold, damp, weather conditions in the morning, although things improved slightly for the afternoon.

Nevertheless, lap times were some way off the ultimate pace of Valentino Rossi at the season ending Valencia Grand Prix, but Bayliss still got to within 0.3secs of fastest man today - Honda's Sete Gibernau - during the Aussie's 28 laps. Capirossi was 0.6secs slower than his team-mate after just 20 circulations.

Testing will continue tomorrow and Friday.

Valencia test - leading times, day one:

1. Sete Gibernau SPA Telefonica Movistar Honda 1min 33.9secs
2. Troy Bayliss AUS Ducati Marlboro 1min 34.2secs
3. Max Biaggi ITA Camel Pramac Honda Pons 1min 34.4secs
4. Colin Edwards USA Telefonica Movistar Honda 1min 34.7secs
5. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 1min 34.8secs
6. Makoto Tamada JPN Camel Pramac Honda Pons 1min 35.4secs

Comparative lap times - 2003 Valencia Grand Prix: Pole Position: Valentino Rossi ITA Repsol Honda 1min 32.478secsFastest Lap: Valentino Rossi ITA Repsol Honda 1min 33.317secs



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