Ducati is confident it has laid a satisfactory foundation from which Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden can build when they begin MotoGP testing in Malaysia next month.
The manufacturer was out on track in Jerez for a three day test this week, with Franco Battaini and Vittoriano Guareschi assuming rider duties aboard the new GP11.
Though the team is taking into account the different weather and track conditions that define Jerez and Sepang, Filippo Preziosi is confident Ducati has made a step-forward in readiness for Rossi's much anticipated 2011 debut.
“We were lucky because the weather conditions enabled us to test for all three days of the session. We identified two setup configurations that Vittoriano determined to be suitable in terms of front-end feel and turn-in.
“With Franco, we found some interesting solutions for both anti-wheelie control and traction control. We're all satisfied with the work carried out, even though we're aware that we're dealing with technical solutions that were tried on a different track and in different conditions compared to those of Sepang.
“Only when Valentino and Nicky have had their turn to try and evaluate those solutions will we be able to have a more certain confirmation and to understand if we've taken a step forward—and if so, how big of a step.”
Between them, Battaini and Guareschi managed another 151 laps on day three of the test.