The day served as Cal Crutchlow’s debut with the Ducati Team, where he joins Andrea Dovizioso for the 2014 season.
Tomorrow first 2014 tests for Crutchlow and Dovizioso, headed by Luigi Dall’Igna, new Ducati Corse General Manager.
Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro suffered a particularly untimely fall in the first qualifying session and wasn’t able to advance into Q2.
Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden completed the first two free-practice sessions for the GP de la Comunitat Valenciana.
Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana is one tricky circuit but both Ducati riders like the track!
Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, made the best of the 75 minutes available for qualifying.
Riders were forced to ride very close to the limit.
Both Ducati Team riders hope to reduce their gaps to the leaders.
MotoGP teams and riders now head overseas for a stretch of three races in three weekends, starting with round fourteen on the calendar, the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Both Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden had to settle for eighth and ninth place, respectively, the same results they posted at the previous round.
Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden were ninth and eleventh, respectively, putting them on the third and fourth rows for tomorrow’s Aragón Grand Prix.
Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden had turned the eighth and tenth fastest laps, respectively.
Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden posting times that will have them starting tomorrow’s GP di San Marino from the third and fourth rows.
Both riders will work with their teams during tomorrow morning’s free-practice in an effort to improve their setups for the afternoon qualifying sessions.
Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden were pleased with the improvements made to their Desmosedici GP13.
Under sunny skies at the Silverstone, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden enjoyed the fast circuit during today’s two free-practice sessions.
Next weekend will find the Ducati Team racing for the third time in as many weeks, this time at the Silverstone Circuit, site of the British Grand Prix.
Conditions were cooler in the second qualifying segment comparee to Friday practice, and yet the postilions today for the Ducati riders were the same.
Following a challenging Friday that had seen Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso finish in ninth and tenth positions, respectively, things improved Saturday for the Kentucky rider.
The event will mark MotoGP’s third and final visit this year to American soil.
With the 2013 MotoGP season having reached its midway point, it now enters a three-week summer break.
The rookie clocked a time of 1’22.040 around the California circuit in Free Practice 2
Andrea Dovizioso got off to a good start on American soil, his teammate Nicky Hayden was less satisfied
Repsol Honda rider fastest in first two practice sessions on debut at US track
The Ducati Team now heads straight to Monterey, California, for next weekend’s United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.
Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso are optimistic that with adjustments to their Desmosedici GP13 race bikes, they’ll be able to improve upon their lap times tomorrow.