Valentino Rossi has said the Ducati Test Team collected a 'lot of useful information' this week at Mugello and that work is 'well underway' as they prepare for the 'next steps' with the new GP12.
Rossi joined the test for the final day of the three-day run, as work continued on developing the 2012 race bike. In doing so, he utilized the sixth of eight days during which factory riders may participate in such outings.
The Italian turned a total of 82 laps in conditions that were sunny but not overly hot. Rossi had a fall on the exit of the Scarperia-Palagio section during the third lap of his first outing in the morning, but it didn't affect the team's work, which continued until 6.30 pm.
Filippo Preziosi and Vittoriano Guareschi were in the garage to follow the test, and official test rider Franco Battaini, who had ridden the two previous days, was with Rossi on the track.
“It was an interesting day, although it was also quite long, because we rode until 6:30,” Rossi said. “Developing a bike requires a lot of focus and effort, but it's also very exciting and fulfilling to be part of a group of people pushing as hard as it can in the same direction.
“Today we confirmed various aspects of the GP12's electronics and chassis, collecting a lot of useful information for Filippo and the guys in the factory.
“I think that the work is well underway as we prepare for our next steps,” summed-up the Italian.