2012 Ducati Team MotoGP TestUnlike Wednesday’s initial wet conditions at the Mugello circuit in Italy for a two-day Ducati Team test, Thursday’s weather was perfect, allowing the team to work on the GP12 for the entire day.
When Thursday’s second and final day of testing wrapped up, Valentino Rossi completed 76 laps, and Nicky Hayden 81.During the test, Rossi VR46 and Hayden NH69 experimented with different configurations of the engine, electronics and chassis, which included one featuring a new aluminum swingarm.Filippo Preziosi (Ducati Corse General and Technical Director) says: “I’d say it was a very useful test because we were able to gather interesting information on the different areas of the bike for which we had planned a robust test program.“We worked on different configurations of the electronics, engine and chassis, including an aluminum swingarm. Now we want to go to other tracks, which is exactly what we’ll do in Barcelona and Aragon, to test the validity of the solutions we’ve found, in order to understand if we’ve effectively taken a small step in the right direction.”Following the Catalunya GP June 4, the Ducati duo of Rossi and Hayden will participate in another test set for June 6 at Aragon Motorland in order to make up the day that was canceled due to weather during testing in Estoril, Portugal, earlier this month.As for Rossi and Hayden’s performances so far, Rossi scored his best-ever finish on the Ducati this past Sunday at Le Mans, finishing second, and Hayden equaled his season best with sixth.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
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.