MotoGP »

Weather ruins Ducati test

"We squeezed three days of work into about five hours, which obviously required skipping some of the steps we had planned" - Bernhard Gobmeier, Ducati.
Just a few days after the Desmosedici GP13's official unveiling at Madonna di Campiglio, the Ducati Development Team travelled to Jerez for the factory's first MotoGP test of 2013.

The team, featuring new test rider Michele Pirro and regular Franco Battaini, were present to work on the bike to be raced this year by factory MotoGP riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden plus Pramac's Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone.

But bad weather that has hit Southern Spain in recent days prevented the team from completing its scheduled program, with track time severely limited for both riders.

Bernhard Gobmeier was present at the track for the first time in his new role as Ducati Corse general manager.

“Unfortunately we had some bad luck with the weather, and for two days we were able to do almost nothing,” Gobmeier explained.

“It rained almost the whole time. Today [Monday] we squeezed three days of work into about five hours, which obviously required skipping some of the steps we had planned.

“Anyway, some interesting and positive results emerged, in terms of both the chassis and electronic strategies that we tried.

“If nothing else, we established a clear line to follow in our next test at Jerez.

“Anyway, I was very pleased to see how concentrated the guys on the test team worked. Everybody was very motivated.”

26-year-old Italian Pirro, who spent his debut 2012 MotoGP season on a CRT machine at Gresini and will race in three events as a wild-card for Ducati this year, confirmed:

“The big problem was the weather. That's always a risk with Jerez in January. Fortunately, we were able to do some laps this afternoon and gather some important data for developing the bike.

“It was nice to get back on the track after two months.”

The Sepang MotoGP test will take place from 5-7 February and is the first of three official pre-season tests organised by IRTA.

The season-opening MotoGP race is scheduled for the first weekend of April in Qatar.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Andrea Dovizioso`s Ducati (Pic: Ducati)
Bernhard Gobmeier (Pic: Ducati)
Dovizioso, San Marino MotoGP Race 2014
Dovizioso, San Marino MotoGP Race 2014
Iannone, Marquez, Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Pol Espargaro, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Ducati fans, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Pedrosa, Dovizioso, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Dovizioso, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Simone Battistella, Dovizioso`s manager, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Ducati fuel, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Ducati data , San Marino MotoGP 2014
Dovizioso, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Dovizioso, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Dovizioso, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Dovizioso, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Dovizioso, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Ducati team looking at a problem with Crutchlows bike, San Marino MotoGP 2014
Ducati team looking at a problem with Crutchlows bike, San Marino MotoGP 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Makrus

January 21, 2013 11:07 PM

I know it would cost more but why not do your winter testing in the southern hemisphere while it's summer? Phillip island? Welkom? Even sepang is unstable weather wise, to close to the equator. Dorna should Build an international testing track in western Australia it's rained twice here in three months, and even then it wasn't hard and the days that followed were sunny :P



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.