Heavy showers thwarted Nicky Hayden's hopes of getting extra track time on his Ducati GP12 during a private test session at Mugello.

Hayden, who completed limited winter testing duties due to injuries, was due to ride for the last two days of the three-day test, which concluded on Thursday evening.

However conditions alternated between sunny skies and heavy precipitation for all three days, allowing only brief track time with both dry and wet settings.

"We came here looking to make up time lost due to my missing the Valencia test and having limited time at the Malaysia and Jerez tests, but it was pretty much a wash," admitted Hayden, who was sixth and the top Ducati rider at the Qatar season-opener.

"It's a shame because Ducati gave me the opportunity to come and had a race-spec GP12 here, along with my whole team. Yesterday we made two exits with slicks and also did a bit of riding in the wet, but today the conditions were wet but also cold and windy, completely unmanageable.

"With two back-to-back races coming up, there wasn't much to be gained by risking testing in the wet. I've learned during my career that you can't control the weather, so there's no need to complain. We'll just look forward to the race at Jerez."

While Hayden worked a little on set-up, test rider Franco Battaini was present to develop updates that will be given to the American and team-mate Valentino Rossi for the post-Estoril test.

"We had very unstable conditions at Mugello," said Ducati Corse general manager Filippo Preziosi. "We tried to optimize our work by doing some set-up tests with Nicky, including some rain settings, given that he rode so little during the first two winter tests.

"With Franco, particularly on the relatively nice first day, we started doing some tests that will be useful for preparing updates for Vale and Nicky to try during the post-race test in Estoril. I really hope we get sunny weather in Portugal!"

Hayden will be back on track for round two of the championship at Jerez, Spain next weekend. The Estoril event will take place one week later.


Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment