JEREZ TEST COMPLETED. GP11 TO RETURN TO THE TRACK IN FEBRUARY WITH ROSSI AND HAYDEN
The Ducati Test Team's third and final day of testing at Jerez (Spain) began at around 11:30 this morning, allowing Vittoriano Guareschi and Franco Battaini enough time to complete the GP11 setup test planned by Filippo Preziosi. The Italian bike's next outing will be at the hands of the Ducati Marlboro Team riders February 1-3 at Sepang, in Malaysia.
Vittoriano Guareschi finished riding at around 4:00 p.m. after completing 61 laps, while Franco Battaini continued until the track closed at 6:00 p.m., turning in a total of 90 laps.
"We were lucky," commented Filippo Preziosi, "because the weather conditions enabled us to test for all three days of the session. We identified two setup configurations that Vittoriano determined to be suitable in terms of front-end feel and turn-in. With Franco, we found some interesting solutions for both anti-wheelie control and traction control. We're all satisfied with the work carried out, even though we're aware that we're dealing with technical solutions that were tried on a different track and in different conditions compared to those of Sepang. Only when Valentino and Nicky have had their turn to try and evaluate those solutions will we be able to have a more certain confirmation and to understand if we've taken a step forward--and if so, how big of a step."