Ducati riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso were buoyed by their performances during day two of the Phillip Island MotoGP test.
Using the new Open class ECU software, after last week's confirmation of a shift away from the Factory class, Dovizioso set the third fastest lap time just 0.254s behind test leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
“Lorenzo has a different pace compared to everybody. But we are there. Close to the other Honda and Yamaha. So I'm really happy about that,” Dovizioso told the official MotoGP website.
“I'm happy with my speed and consistency.”
Team-mate Crutchlow was the only rider not to improve on his Monday time, lapping 0.527s from Lorenzo. However the Englishman delivered a highly impressive long run,
during which he effectively matched the pace of Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).
“We had a better day today. The position and overall lap time was not as fast, but I was confident that if I'd put a tyre in at the end of the day we could have been right up there,” said Crutchlow.
Explaining the format of his long run, he said: “We made six laps with a new tyre then came in - as Bridgestone wanted - and then made another 14 to equal 20 laps. The lap time was not bad and very consistent so we're quite pleased with that.”
The majority of this week's test is dedicated to tyre testing, following last October's rubber woes on the resurfaced circuit, and Crutchlow already feels he has a favourite.
“The new compound tyre that I think most of the guys did the long run on,” he said. “We seemed to enjoy it. We didn't lose any grip compared to last year's [race] tyre and the durability was better.”
The final day of 2014 pre-season testing for the official Ducati, Honda and Yamaha teams takes place tomorrow. However - in contrast to today's blue skies and scorching temperatures - some rain is forecast.