Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio and his technical team concluded a two-day test session at the Mugello circuit on Wednesday afternoon, deeming the test a success and revealing that they were able to 'identify' the problem that dogged him last weekend.
Having suffered from apparent brake inconsistency during the Valencia races on Sunday, Fabrizio's squad spent the last two days working to resolve the issues in time for the next round at Assen.
On Tuesday morning a wet track delayed the start of the test but in the afternoon Fabrizio was able to ride his Ducati 1998 without interruptions. The bike was equipped with specific sensors which analysed the front brake's performance and gave a much clearer picture as to where the problem lay. The team subsequently tried various solutions with regard to the brake pump and front caliper and in the end identified an alternative configuration that seemed to resolve the problem, renewing Fabrizio's confidence with the bike.
Having regained feeling with the front brake, Fabrizio and his technicians made other refinements to the set-up of the 1198, to build the rider's confidence still further. Lap times were good and consistently fast, with a best time of 1 minute 52.6 seconds, on a race tyre.
Before lunch Fabrizio was suffering from a severe groin pain and, satisfied with the work done up until then, he preferred to conclude testing early in order to seek medical advice and rest so as to be in good shape for the next race at Assen.
"It's gone really well here," Fabrizio said. "My technical team were able to identify the problem I'd had at Valencia almost immediately and once the necessary changes were made to my front brake, I felt more confident with my 1198. I'm really happy and am now looking forward to getting back on track at Assen."
"This test has definitely led to a change for the better," added team manager, Ernesto Marinelli. "I'm very pleased that the problem with the brake has been identified and resolved and I am also convinced that in Assen we will see Michel back on form, performing at the top level and reaffirming his talent."