Ducati Marlboro riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss scored the team's best qualifying performance of the year so far at Rio de Janeiro this afternoon; the pair taking sixth and tenth quickest on their Desmosedici GP4s, bettering their previous best of ninth and tenth at May's French GP.

Capirossi was particularly impressive on his twin-pulse, running as high as second during the session and ending up 0.426secs off pole despite a less-than-perfect final run.

"I decided to try two different types of tyre on my number-one bike," explained Capirossi. "First I tried the newer, wider rear, then for my final run I used the older, narrower tyre. I didn't really find the limit on the first run and I didn't have enough grip with the narrower tyre.

"It was a mistake to try the narrower tyre because I don't know it so well. So maybe I could have been a bit higher up the grid, but I'm happy because I'm confident of a good race tomorrow," added the Italian. "I did a lot of laps on race tyres today and I was very happy with my pace."

Bayliss had a more complicated afternoon, switching back and forth between his twin-pulse and four-pulse, completing the session on the latter after his one and only twin-pulse engine suffered clutch trouble. Despite the fault, the Aussie should be able to race the twin-pulse tomorrow.

"That session wasn't too bad," said Troy. "I'm happy with my times, though it's difficult hopping from one bike to the other when they've got different engines. Then it all ended up being a bit of a rush, the twin-pulse seemed like it went into neutral, so I had to get back to the pits and get the other bike for my last qualifying run.

"That didn't make much difference as far as lap times go, because on a flat-out lap the twin-pulse and the four-pulse are pretty much the same. The twin-pulse's big advantage is over race distance because it's smoother and easier to ride," he added.

 

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