Ducati began a three-day private testing session at Jerez Wednesday, including the factory team of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso and the satellite Pramac Racing team of Andrea Iannone and test rider Michele Pirro (substituting for the injured Ben Spies).
Hayden led the first day, and continued the fast pace on Thursday while tweaking the GP12′s setup. Hayden evaluated two new chassis, a swingarm, and electronics. Though he crashed early in the morning, walking away with no injuries, he was able to post the quickest time of 1:40.090.
His teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, did not participate in the Wednesday session due to a reoccurring neck strain. On Wednesday, Dovi only completed two laps before the former Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider began dealing with neck issues.
On the Pramac Ducati side of the paddock, Iannone continued to familiarize himself with the Desmosedici, testing various bike geometry for the most optimal riding positing. His best time of the day was 1:40.989.
Pirro, who is substituting for newly-signed Spies, posted a 1:41.265.
Also at the private testing was the Avintia Blusens CRT team. Hector Barbera, the former Pramac Ducati rider, was able to get some seat time aboard the BQR-FTR bike. The Spaniard mostly worked on adapting the chassis to his riding style.
Despite not receiving an engine upgrade until the test in Sepang in February, Barbera was pleased with the bike’s rideability and was positive about the future. He set a best time of 1:42.507. Barbera’s teammate Hiroshi Aoyama was working on familiarizing himself with his machine, posting a time of 1:41.975. At the end of the day, Barbera also put in some laps on the team’s part-carbon Inmotec chassis.