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Checa completes first laps on 2012 Ducati

Carlos Checa completes first laps on the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike behind 'closed doors' at Jerez.
The 'secret' debut of the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 MotoGP machine took place at Jerez on Tuesday, during the start of a three-day private test.

No pictures or official information have been released from the test, the first for a bike described as '90% new' by Ducati Corse general manager Filippo Preziosi.

That machine - absent from last week's Wrooom press event - is being tested at Jerez alongside the previous version, as used by Valentino Rossi in November's post-race Valencia test.

Both types of bike are then due to be handed to Rossi and factory team-mate Nicky Hayden for the start of the Sepang MotoGP test, on January 31.

Ducati's reigning World Superbike champion and former MotoGP star Carlos Checa, plus development rider Franco Battaini (also a former grand prix rider) are carrying out testing duties at Jerez.

Following Tuesday's debut, Checa wrote the following brief message on his @CarlosCheca7 Twitter account: “1st test this year recovering good feelings on bike, we are working well. I can't say so much, tomorrow more work. Ciaoo!”

One of Rossi's mechanics, Alex Briggs, has emphasised the amount of work that has gone in to the 'new' Desmosedici.

Writing on @Alex__Briggs, he said: “The test in Jerez is a major check and to get a base setting, for everything. The bike we [assembled in Bologna recently] is NEW.

“This sort of thing would normally have been built & testing started about June [last year]. It's major!

“Ducati have done an awesome job in the time since the Valencia test. The factory has been flat out & it's not over yet.”

The GP12 will be the first Ducati MotoGP bike to feature a twin-spar aluminium frame. MotoGP engine size is also increasing from 800cc to 1000cc for the 2012 season.

Seven time MotoGP champion Rossi and 2006 champion Hayden finished seventh and eighth in the 2011 standings, with one podium each.

Checa, Spain's first World Superbike champion, will stay in WSBK to try and defend his crown in 2012.

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gg - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 8:22 AM

is it just me or is virtually every story on here these days just a re hash of what was on twitter yesterday? and then 55 comments about 'my favourite rider is better than yours' its getting a bit tedious


January 18, 2012 6:58 AM

@Ausrossi. you make it sound like putting wheels on a safe will make an unbeatable bike. i don't think anyone is spending more than ducatti at the moment , why bring stoner up anyway?...does he scare you or something!

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