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Rossi and Hayden to try GP12

Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden to get first ride on 2012 Ducati at Jerez.
Following a successful shakedown test at the hands of Franco Battaini and Vittoriano Guareschi, Ducati has announced that its MotoGP race riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will try the 2012 Ducati at Jerez.

Today (Friday) will see Rossi ride the GP12, with Hayden getting track time on Saturday - at the same circuit where he took Ducati's first podium of the season last Sunday.

With the Ducati test team concentrating on development of this year's GP11, Rossi and Hayden will be supported by race team mechanics and engineers - under the supervision of technical director Filippo Preziosi - for the GP12 test.

2012 MotoGP rules allow a maximum engine size of 1000cc, although it is not clear if Ducati (or the other manufacturers) will use the full capacity allowed.

Ducati is the first of the MotoGP manufacturers to let its race riders test the 2012 bike. Both Rossi and Hayden are already under contract with the Italian factory until the end of next season.



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ritchy - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 8:46 AM

Rossi I think knew from the start he would struggle this year no matter what bike he would be riding even the Yamaha, so going to Ducati before the change is a masterstroke, Ducati knows how to build fast bikes and Rossi knows how to power slide and use the horsepower top make up lost ground on the 990's, he has been proven this a few times before. Just remember back to '06... how fast was the Duke in the hands of Caparossi and Bayliss in the last round? Caparossi may of even won the '06 championship if Gibernau had not of taken him out and caused injury.



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