Nicky Hayden's hopes of making up for lost winter testing time, by joining the Ducati Test Team for the final two days of a private outing at Mugello, were hit by bad weather on Wednesday.
Hayden was injured in last season's Valencia finale, then again during a December training accident, meaning he was only fit enough to test the new GP12 properly at the final Jerez test.
The 2006 world champion, sixth and the top Ducati in round one at Qatar, is thus scheduled to work through set-up options at Mugello, with the testing of new updates being left to factory development rider Franco Battaini.
Unfortunately, the Tuscan weather had other ideas on Wednesday.
“Weather isn't cooperating today. Only a few laps on a cold track then a big shower,” Hayden wrote on his Twitter
page @NickyHayden69, later adding: “The day wasn't a complete waste we did some testing in the wet.”
With time on his hands, Hayden was able to reply to some of the more 'interesting' Twitter messages received from fans.
One message read: “NH ducati problem is shape of tank makes u heavy in the corners. Convey this 2 rossi & burgess”.
“U must be heavy on drugs,” Hayden joked.
Ducati's Mugello test concludes on Thursday evening, with round two of the 2012 MotoGP championship taking place next weekend at Jerez. Hayden's team-mate Valentino Rossi is not testing this week.