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Ducati MotoGP: Jerez Test, Day 2

MotoGP Prep

The 2011 Ducati MotoGP team completed the second day of a three-day test Tuesday at Jerez, with test riders to speed up setup work on the GP11 motorcycles of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.

Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi and team manager Franco Battaini lapped Jerez de la Frontera after lunch due to inclement weather in the morning. Guareschi completed 59 laps, while Battaini turned in 66.

Vittoriano Guareschi (Ducati MotoGP Test Rider) says: "We started the test at 1 p.m. since the morning was foggy, as usual. It was nice and sunny in the afternoon though, and we got in some good laps.

"I worked on the chassis, while ‘Batta’ continued with the electronics. Today I worked a lot on suspension, along with Öhlins technician Mike Norton, who looks after Valentino and who took advantage of this test to familiarize himself with working on the GP11.

"Franco is at a good point with his work dialing in the anti-wheelie control, so I’d say that for now, everything is proceeding according to plan."

The three-day Ducati MotoGP development test began Monday in Spain. Two teams, under the guidance of Ducati Technical Director Filippo Preziosi, supported official test rider Battaini and Guareschi, who temporarily replaced his duties as team manager with those of a rider.

The MotoGP test is being carried out to speed up the setup work of the Desmosedici GP11. Rossi and Hayden will take to the track themselves at the Sepang test in the first week of next month (Feb. 1-3).

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
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