News 17 Jul 2015

Ducati concludes positive two-day Misano test

Factory MotoGP riders conduct important evaluations.

Source: Ducati Corse.

Source: Ducati Corse.

Two days of private testing organised by the Ducati Team at the Misano World Circuit concluded today.

In sweltering conditions, the two Ducati factory riders were mainly able to devote themselves to a back-to-back comparison of a variety of different set-up solutions.

“These two days of testing at Misano have been really useful, because we were able to do the set-up testing work that we were interested in,” Dovizioso said.

“During race weekends, we never have the right amount of time to devote ourselves to this. We worked on fine-tuning, both the electronics and the set-up, and our pace is not bad at all.

“My quickest lap I did this morning with a used tyre, but in the afternoon it was really very hot and we didn’t try to improve our times and even avoided using the soft tyres.”

Dovizioso stayed out on track until the end of the afternoon session, notching up a total of 132 laps in two days, while Iannone’s day was brought to an end at lunchtime due to a flaring up again of the pain in his left shoulder.

“In one and a half days of testing, we only used a total of three tyres, all hard compound, and even this morning I never used soft tyres,” Iannone commented. “Despite this we improved our pace over yesterday by more than half a second.

“This is important for us and I am pleased with how we went. I’m just disappointed I had to finish the test early, but unfortunately from this morning onwards my shoulder was hurting really bad and I was unable to lap quickly or push hard.

“Today however I had some good sensations on the bike, we did a good job and picked up a lot of important information for the future.”

Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro was also present at Misano, and he continued his regular development work, focusing mainly on electronics.

Last Sunday’s race at the Sachsenring and this test conclude the first part of the 2015 season and the Ducati Team will next be back on track from 7-9 August at Indianapolis for the second race this year on US soil.