Ducati complete two day test

Hayden completed a mammoth 89 laps in Mugello.
Hayden completed a mammoth 89 laps in Mugello.

The Factory Ducati MotoGP team have completed a two day test in Mugello after the Jerez GP and test day in Jerez.

With the Jerez test used to compare the GP13 lab with the current race bike, the Mugello test was used to work on race set-up and preparation for the Mugello race in June.

Andrea Dovizioso completed a staggering 96 laps in the day and half test, whilst team mate Nicky Hayden managed to get through 89 laps.

Both Dovi and Hayden tested with the hard and soft versions of the Bridgestone tyres that will be used at the GP.

“It was an interesting day and a half because the conditions were really good for testing for the race,” said Dovizioso.

“It was quite warm, and the temperature this afternoon was similar to what we normally have here for the Grand Prix, so true race conditions. The lap times weren’t bad, but we must improve our pace, although it’s difficult to talk about times since we don’t really have any references. However, I will say that I think this track is better suited to the Ducati’s characteristics.”

Meanwhile team mate Nicky Hayden said, “I wasn’t sure of my physical condition, but my wrist was actually a bit better than at Jerez.”

“We didn’t do a lot of laps, but for the first time in a long time, we had great weather here at Mugello. We were able to do some things with the chassis and geometry that we had wanted to try at the first three races, along with a couple of things with the electronics. We’ll know how our pace compares when we’re here with the other teams in a few weeks.

“A big thanks to the team, as it’s not easy for them to do a big GP weekend, plus a post-race test, and then pack up and do another day and a half of testing in a different country. Hopefully it will help us to make the home fans proud when we come back here for the race.”

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