News 12 Sep 2011

Rossi continues 1000cc MotoGP testing at Mugello with Ducati's GP12

Ducati's Valentino Rossi completed testing at Mugello, but was it an alloy frame?

Ducati and Valentino Rossi continued testing at Mugello for 2012 last week.

Ducati and Valentino Rossi continued testing at Mugello for 2012 last week.

For the final day of a three-day test at Mugello, Valentino Rossi joined the Ducati Test Team to work on developing the 2012 race bike.

In doing so, he utilised the sixth of eight days during which factory riders may participate in such outings. The Italian turned a total of 82 laps in conditions that were sunny but not overly hot.

Rossi had a fall on the exit of the Scarperia-Palagio section during the third lap of his first outing in the morning, but it didn’t affect the team’s work, which continued until 6:30pm.

Filippo Preziosi and Vittoriano Guareschi were in the garage to follow the test, and official test rider Franco Battaini, who had ridden the two previous days, was with Rossi on the track.

“It was an interesting day, although it was also quite long, because we rode until 6:30,” Rossi said after the test. “Developing a bike requires a lot of focus and effort, but it’s also very exciting and fulfilling to be part of a group of people pushing as hard as it can in the same direction.

“Today we confirmed various aspects of the GP12’s electronics and chassis, collecting a lot of useful information for Filippo and the guys in the factory. I think that the work is well underway as we prepare for our next steps.”

Editor’s note: Speculation in Europe is that Rossi was testing a twin-spar Aluminium frame, unconfirmed by Ducati at this point.