With the 2013 MotoGP championship fast approaching, the Ducati Team
completed its final day of pre-season testing today at the
IRTA-organized test held at Southern Spain's Circuito de Jerez.
had been the case yesterday and on Saturday, the planned work programme
for Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden had to be altered due to
uncooperative weather conditions, as morning rainfall left the track
damp until after lunch. Even in the afternoon, conditions were less
favourable than they had been for yesterday's dry portion, but Dovizioso
and Hayden made the best of the situation. During the last hour and a
half before the track closed, both riders tried a number of setup
options on their Desmosedici GP13 machines, with the Italian again using
the fairing that he had tried for the first time yesterday. Andrea rode
30 laps today and was eighth on the day but seventh in the combined
times, 0.811 seconds off the pace of leader Cal Crutchlow. Nicky turned
42 laps today and ended ninth fastest on combined times.
The Ducati Team now heads home to prepare for the opening MotoGP round, which will take place on 7 April in Doha, Qatar.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 7th, 1:40.322 (Day 2)
we didn't have much time today, so it wasn't possible to learn anything
regarding the race pace. Still, I didn't expect to leave Jerez just
eight tenths from the leader. I'm surprised and pleased at the same
time, as this helps us to realize that we're not so far from the others
when we have a fresh tyre. The weather didn't allow us to do a race
simulation, so we're not sure what to expect when the tyres are worn.
These three days were important for me and for the development, even if
we weren't able to do a great lap time. We should be able to fight for a
decent grid position in Qatar, and that's important, but we're not sure
about the race."
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 9th, 1:40.370 (Day 3)
started winter testing in Malaysia with a bigger gap than we had hoped,
but since then I feel like we've worked well and recovered some of the
gap, although part of that is down to this track being shorter. The test
team is doing a good job with us, and I achieved my goal for this test,
which was to be inside a second from the leader. Yesterday I didn't
feel like I was riding so well, but I went better this afternoon when it
finally dried out. There wasn't much time, but the team did a good job.
My suspension guy had a few ideas, and they seemed promising; it's a
good sign that I was a second faster than yesterday on a patchy track.
There's still a lot of work to do, but everyone's really motivated for
Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati MotoGP Project Leader)
the bad weather affected every test that we took part in this year, and
once again here at Jerez we weren't able to complete all the work we
had planned. Still, we go home somewhat satisfied because we were able
to significantly reduce the gap to the top, although we're aware that we
have more hard work to do in order to make further improvements to our
Ducati Corse development rider Michele Pirro
turned 44 laps on the day, his best time of 1:40.881 putting him ninth
on the day's timesheets, 11th in the combined times.