Today marked the conclusion of the three-day IRTA-organized test at the
Malaysian Sepang circuit, where teams prepared for the new MotoGP
Championship, to start on 7 April in Qatar.
Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden took to the track on their Desmosedici GP13 bikes.
Italian, who is making his debut with the Desmosedici this year, had to
adapt to a bike and team that are completely new for him and, thanks in
part to his recent experience aboard other factory bikes, was able to
give his first real feedback to the Ducati engineers regarding the
frame, electronics and engine characteristics.
beginning his fifth season aboard the Italian bike, tried to find his
rhythm as he used the three days of testing to provide his own valuable
input for the future development of the bike.
The team certainly
can't be satisfied with its results, so it heads home aware of the
challenging work that must be carried out in order to get back toward
the top of the time sheets. They will begin trying new ideas during the
next test at Sepang at month's end and at the Jerez test in late March.
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 9th, 2:02.110
obviously can't be happy when our times are that far off of the top
guys, but we knew it was going to be tough. Sepang has never been a
particularly good track for Ducati: we raced here in October, and the
bike hasn't changed much since then. We found a couple little things
over the course of the test, which allowed us to improve our consistency
on day three, but I think we need something big. Anyway, it was nice to
be back on the bike and working with the guys. The team has worked
extremely hard, and we just have to stay motivated and keep giving them
the right information so that we can hopefully start making some real
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 10th, 2:02.277
it was a difficult test but we didn't expect it to be any different.
We're here to improve the situation and everybody knows the level we are
now so we have to improve. We tested as much stuff as we could, because
we're focused on improving the bike. The gap to the others is big, and
we pushed a lot to understand the bike. I gave a lot of feedback, maybe
too much! We don't know how the next test in Sepang will be. There's too
short a time between now and then, so it's difficult to do something
big in this time. We still have to decide which parts we can bring to
the second test. Unfortunately, we need time to try something big."
Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati MotoGP Project Director
we're not satisfied. We knew we were starting from a base that needed
significant development work, but it's not nice to realize we're still
so far from the leaders. Still, our engineers gathered important data,
and now the only thing to do is to roll up our sleeves and continue the
development program in the factory. The goal is clear: bring Ducati back
to the top of the results sheet as soon as possible."
Ducati Monster 795 ABS Launch
the Sepang test, the NAZA Group, Ducati's exclusive importer in
Malaysia, unveiled the new Monster 795 ABS in the Ducati Team box, with
the help of Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso and the Ducati Team