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Dovizioso, Hayden give ‘lab’ Ducati lukewarm verdict

“With new tyres, with really good grip, we can reduce the gap to the fastest riders because we use the bike a lot on edge. With a lot of lean angle. It is not the best way, but it is the only way for us to try to be faster. So we take more risk because the bike is not turning.

“When you have grip and if you use more energy than normal you can make good speed in the middle of the corner and the braking is also better with more grip on the rear. That is the reason why we can be fast in practice with new tyres. But after a few laps this goes away and the gap becomes bigger.”

One area where Hayden noticed clear Monday progress was in the form of a revised Bridgestone rear tyre.

“We also tested Bridgestone's new hard rear tyre, which has good potential,” he said. “We haven't been able to use their current hard for most of the year, which makes race weekends tough, but I had a good feeling with the new one today and did a 42.4 on it. Hopefully that will give them some direction to help us as the summer gets hotter.”

Hayden fell shortly after overtaking Stefan Bradl for sixth place early in Sunday's race, which Dovizioso finished in seventh.

Ducati Corse general manager Bernhard Gobmeier insisted there had been 'encouraging signs' from the test.

“After the disappointing race yesterday, we had some encouraging signs today. We tested a bunch of new things on the engine side, on the tyre side, and on the chassis side. Regarding the chassis, we're still evaluating the data from the back-to-back comparison, and we'll decide in the next few days which one to use.”

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June 19, 2013 12:54 AM

What we do know is the last guy to win on the Duc was able to find a way to make it work.. To me that’s a talent. The goat riding it for the last two years, with all the touted setup skills relating to MotoGP, could do neither. Couldn't set it up, couldn't ride around it. Decided to quit.

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