Nicky Hayden says Ducati have made good steps forward with the new GP12 after testing the bike for the second time during a private test at Mugello.

Cracking on with development of the 1000cc 2012 model, Hayden rode the bike on the Tuesday, while team-mate Valentino Rossi will have his third outing aboard the machine today [Wednesday].

Completing a full 83 laps, Hayden pronounced himself pleased with the direction of the bike's evolution having last ridden the bike at Jerez in April.

"It was a positive day, even if the track conditions this morning weren't great because of the rain overnight. "That caused us to get started a bit late, but we worked on the setup and some new changes that have been made to the GP12. I only started having better feeling after the lunch break, when the sun made the track conditions better.

"The new asphalt is definitely a big improvement, especially in some spots, like the two Arrabbiate corners, which are really fun now. I'm satisfied with the steps forward that have been made with the bike since the first time I tried it, at Jerez. Thanks to Filippo (Preziosi) for giving me the opportunity to ride it again."

Additionally, Franco Battiani and Vittoriano Guareschi have been conducting development work on the current GP11 in a bid to improve the bike's form.

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