Motorcycle Racing News Ducati Completes Mugello MotoGP Test

Ducati Completes Mugello MotoGP Test

2012 Ducati Team MotoGP Test

Unlike 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.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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