The Italian is convinced that the updated version of the Desmosedici GP13 frame is a step forward, although he recognized that making a charge up the field from eighth place will be difficult. Hayden hasn’t yet managed to find a solution to the understeer problem, but he’ll try some setup changes in the morning warm-up.
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 8th (1:22.026)
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 10th (1:22.090)
“It hasn’t been an easy weekend for me so far. We went backward a bit in FP4, and my lap in qualifying wasn’t that great. I’ve been struggling all weekend, with a lack of grip and especially with the bike running wide over bumps. Really, my time wasn’t so bad, but we missed a little bit to maybe move up a couple of positions. It hasn’t been the weekend I hoped for so far, but it’s a long way from over, so we’ll see what we come up with for tomorrow.”