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Ducati attends Jerez test

"I think we found out some interesting things that we'll soon confirm with Vale and Nicky in Malaysia" - Filippo Preziosi.
The Ducati Test Team was present at this week's private Jerez test, alongside four of the new Claiming Rule Teams.

Official test rider Franco Battaini was on track throughout the three days, concentrating on electronic developments which will now be tried by factory race riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden at next week's official Sepang test.

“We were lucky because we had three days with very good weather conditions,” said Ducati Corse General Manage Filippo Preziosi, “and that enabled us to do quite a bit of work.

“With Franco, we continued with the test program that was planned for the Test Team over the winter, trying some aspects of the electronics that we'll keep working on with the factory riders at Sepang.

“I think we found out some interesting things that we'll soon confirm with Vale and Nicky in Malaysia, where we'll also continue working with the bike's set-up.”

In addition to Battaini, satellite Ducati race riders Karel Abraham (Cardion AB) and Hector Barbera (Pramac) each spent a day alternating with the Italian aboard the GP12 SAT. Abraham rode on day two and Barbera on day three.

“Because we had the track available here at Jerez, we also offered our satellite-team riders the opportunity to lap and to work on their respective set-ups,” said Preziosi.

No times were released for Abraham, who suffered a fiery fall, but Barbera - the best satellite rider at the first Sepang test - was said to have set a lap time of 1min 40.0sec, just 0.3sec quicker than the top CRT bike of Randy de Puniet (Aprilia ART).

Hayden had been due to ride at the Jerez test, but was forced to withdraw due to shoulder surgery. The 2006 world champion aims to be back on track at the second Sepang test, which starts on February 28.




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RawDawg

February 23, 2012 8:54 PM

"But Rossi and Burgess are masters at running a bike and then unambiguously saying what is needed so the engineers can develop the appropriate modifications" So why didn't they say "what is needed" last year? Because they don't come up with solutions. They say if something works or not - like any other rider and crew chief. It's the designers and engineers who come up with the solution to a problem. If something works or not it's not because of the rider or crew chief it's because the engineers got it right. If the bike is junk than it's the designers and engineers fault so they should take the blame. But on the flip side, it the bike is a peach than the designer and engineers should get the credit as well.



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