Ducati wraps up 3 day test at Jerez

Ducati Day 3 Press Release:

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.”

I’ve been following these threads and have found them to be an interesting insight into the development of this years race bike.

In addition, it seems that Vale has been able to give enough feedback from his two days of testing to enable the team to radically alter the characteristics of the bike. The team already knows that they have to make the bike easier to turn in, but they also have to factor in Vales shoulder, which won’t be properly fixed until May, and ensure that he can ride the bike competitively.