Ducati shakes down 2016 bike at Sepang

Ducati has shaken down its 2016 MotoGP bike at Sepang with test rider Michele Pirro, ahead of official pre-season testing at the Malaysian venue.

Pirro completed approximately 50 laps of Sepang as the Desmosedici GP16 was put through its paces for the first time in an all-black testing livery.

Unlike chief rivals Honda and Yamaha, Ducati did not test its 2016 bike last year, preferring to allow its riders to focus on adapting to the new Michelin tyres and control electronics in post-season testing at Valencia and Jerez.

The new bike will only be officially unveiled when 2016 testing officially gets under way on Monday, along with the 2016 Honda - which has not yet been revealed in full race livery.

"Today we shook down the GP16 for around 50 laps in total," Pirro told GPOne. "It went quite well, we tested to see that everything was working properly and the first impressions were good.

"We're happy, as nothing went wrong on the bike's first time on track."

Pirro will continue to test the GP16 on Thursday, before two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner takes to the track on Saturday and Sunday using last year's GP15.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Casey Stoner , Michele Pirro
Teams Ducati Team
Article type Breaking news