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Ducati test GP11 at Jerez

The team worked on adapting a set-up that will speed up the development process for both of its riders in Sepang.
Having pulled the covers off the bike during its high-profile 2011 MotoGP launch last week, Ducati is putting the new GP11 through its paces with a first test of the year at Jerez.

With neither Valentino Rossi nor Nicky Hayden riding the machine, duties are instead being assumed by a test team comprising of Vittoriano Guareschi and Franco Battaini.

The outing has been arranged as an opportunity for the team to better understand the GP11, as well as form an effective base setting for Rossi and Hayden when they get to ride the bike during the first official pre-season test at Sepang next month.

It was a very productive day, even though the track's grip was really bad, in part because of the high humidity and in part because the F3 test that took place until yesterday left the asphalt quite dirty - Guareschi told GPOne.com

“As planned, 'Batta' and I divided the responsibilities. I worked on the chassis with the goal of improving turn-in, while Franco concentrated on the electronics, including the new anti-wheelie and anti-spin systems that we're testing and adjusting. I think we found a couple of interesting things with the set-up that help with the front-end feel.

“We worked on ride height, seat position, and on many aspects of bike set-up that will help with all of the data-acquisition work that is necessary to be ready for Malaysia, when Vale and Nicky will ask us to change the bike in various ways.

“It's a refinement process that will proceed for the two days in order to speed up the factory riders' work in Malaysia.”



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vros46 - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 1:10 PM

They claim to have found a couple of things to help with the front end feel this early in the test!! What were they doing last season? Posted by sladge - Unregistered (27 minutes ago) They did find something its called rossi and his crew.

You twits - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 12:56 PM

Are all you twits for the rest of the season going to say things like "NOW they fix the bike" or "Casey said blah blah blah". You ever think that perhaps they knew there was an issue last year but Casey didn't vocalize the issue properly. And maybe just maybe Jeremy Burgess saw the issue and relayed it to them in a more workable format that the engineers would understand. If anyone feels that Ducati, or any other team for that matter, wants to lose or have a rider fall nearly every weekend you are twits. Ducati worked hard last year trying to fix the issue. No team at this level sits around on their laurels and does nothing. So to all you naysayers try looking at the big picture and stop being twits.



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