2012 Ducati Team MotoGP TestingFollowing the Ducati Team’s best results of 2012 MotoGP at Le Mans over the weekend, Valentino Rossi and teammate Nicky Hayden traveled to the Mugello Circuit in Italy for a two day test, which began Wednesday.
The test began under rainy conditions, forcing Rossi, who finished second at Le Mans, and Hayden, who finished sixth at Le Mans, to remain in the garage. Around 10:30 a.m. local time, though, the conditions changed, and the sun completely dried the track.Ducati says Valentino Rossi completed 55 laps, Nicky Hayden 52, as they began work on various configurations of the GP12’s chassis, engine and electronics.Joining Rossi and Hayden at the test were team leaders Jeremy Burgess and Juan Martinez, and by Team Manager Vittoriano Guareschi. Test rider Franco Battaini and the Ducati Test Team, headed by Filippo Preziosi, were also present.The team reports that the weather forecasts for Thursday’s final day of testing are favorable.
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Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.