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It's only FP1 so rather early to be jumping to conclusions. However, as Mugello is Ducati's test track, with a very long straight, it was not surprising that they did better there than elsewhere, or that they're not likely to do so well on a twisty short circuit like Laguna Seca, particularly as they've failed to bring the 'new engine' they were once talking about for this round. All they have is a few external updates instead. It's that failure to live up to promises which is likely to be the deciding factor for Rossi, even with Audi behind them. It does show how hard Stoner rode to make the bike competitive here though.