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Ducati development team finish Jerez test

"In Malaysia we have not finished in a position inline with our original target, but this was also due to some back luck" - Filippo Preziosi.
While Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were at the official MotoGP pre-season test in Sepang last week, the Ducati development team was on track at Jerez.

The progress of test rider Franco Battaini was overseen by Ducati Corse Director General Filippo Preziosi, who also remained in contact with the race team in Malaysia.

“We worked through an intense schedule with Franco, completing a series of software tests in close conjunction with the official team in Sepang," said Preziosi.

"Based on the feed-back from Valentino and Nicky, we carried the work forward on a parallel course which will allow us to provide concrete solutions for the next test in Qatar.

“We have also continued to work on the chassis set-up, gathering data which we will return to the factory with on Monday for comparison with that of Sepang.”

Rossi admitted he was 'quite worried' after finished the Sepang test just eleventh fastest, +1.804sec from former Ducati rider Casey Stoner (Honda) and with a lap time matched exactly by team-mate Hayden.

“In Malaysia we have not finished in a position inline with our original target, but this was also due to some back luck,” said Preziosi. “After a promising start to the test, Valentino became ill and lost a full day on the track, forcing him to cram all of the remaining work into the last day.

“Valentino, Nicky and all the guys at the track were working flat out, and we are doing the same back in the factory. We are confident that by going forward with this same level of commitment, and staying focused on our objectives we will realize the potential that we know we have.”

Rossi complained of a lack of corner speed at Sepang, due to turning problems, while Hayden suffered a 'combination of little details'. The fastest Desmosedici was that of Aspar's Hector Barbera in tenth.

The third and final MotoGP pre-season test will be held at Qatar on March 13-14.



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Ducati Dave - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 8:44 PM

it's not all doom and gloom, Rossi had 4th fastest average "race" lap speed at Sepang, after Stoner, Spies and Pedrosa, so would expect a top 5 at Sepang. Given that Qatar is a Ducati track, there is every chance they will be on the podium there. Rossi also acknowledged that the bike had to be ridden differently, like a 500 cc, just give him a chance to get his strength back and he will be up there. Just not logical to think he doesn't have the ability to do it, I was at Sepang 2010 and watched him ride the pants of that Yamaha to come ftom behind and win. Finally, the new Ducati street bike has dropped the L-twin configuration, watch out WSBK for the new 90 deg horribly oversquare V twin 1200 cc, and even more so for the new 2012 MotoGP motor. There has been a lot of criticism of Ducati here, but all ignore the impact of what big bucks and Rossi-Burgess will do for them. These are steps they had to take to turn from a team with only one rider able to win into a dominating force

Southerner

February 28, 2011 6:17 PM

@KTM Ken.Please don't knock Prezziosi. Without him there would be no D16L GP bike to bitch about. The parting of the ways of racing success was not his doing by a country mile. Ducati made a few fundamental mistakes when they were swamped with Stoner's success.They figured the bike was bigger than the rider.HRC have apparently learned it.Yamaha always knew it and Ducati are finding out.



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