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Ducati happy with second day of Jerez test

"I'd say that for now, everything is proceeding according to plan."
Tuesday's second day of Ducati testing at Jerez saw Vittoriano Guareschi and Franco Battaini undertaking further suspension and anti-wheelie work on this year's GP11 MotoGP machine.

The test is being carried out to speed up the setup work of factory Ducati Marlboro riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, who will take to the track for the first time in 2011 during the official test at Sepang from February 1-3.

Rossi was just 15th fastest during his Ducati debut in testing at Valencia last November, but a range of modifications - including improving the front-end - have been made following feedback by the seven time MotoGP champion.

“We started the test at 1 p.m. since the morning was foggy, as usual,” said Guareschi, at the end of day two. “It was nice and sunny in the afternoon though, and we got in some good laps.

“I worked on the chassis, while 'Batta' continued with the electronics.”

Guareschi, temporarily reverting back from his role as team manager to test rider, also revealed that Rossi's Ohlins engineer Mike Norton is present at Jerez to learn more about the Desmosedici.

“Today I worked a lot on suspension, along with Öhlins technician Mike Norton, who looks after Valentino and who took advantage of this test to familiarise himself with working on the GP11.

“Franco is at a good point with his work dialing in the anti-wheelie control, so I'd say that for now, everything is proceeding according to plan.”

Guareschi completed 59 laps, while Battaini turned in 66. No official lap times were released by Ducati.

Testing concludes on Wednesday evening.



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succes - Unregistered

January 19, 2011 5:59 AM

A few wins, getting 3rd in the championship is a big succes in this days this year. Even for Vale if he was healthy...Next year they need to win with Vale. But i hope we can see more...more magic moments from Vale like we use to...and i think with the Duc, the magic cant get any better.



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