Ducati Misano MotoGP Test
When Luigi Dall’Igna became General Manager of Ducati Corse ahead of 2014 MotoGP, he knew much work was ahead.
The Italian, who left a successful career at Aprilia to join Ducati Corse, has helped the team transition into better results, including two podium finishes in 12 rounds by Ducati Team GP13 pilot Andrea Dovizioso.
And the work continued Monday and Tuesday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Testing their perspective GP13s were the factory riders, Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, alowng with Pramac Racing Team’s Andrea Iannone and test-rider Michele Pirro.
The testing, which will help the team prep for the Grand Prix of San Marino Grand Prix September 14, was positive, with much quicker times posted than at last year’s race in Misano.
Ducati reports that Dovizioso took part in one and a half days’ testing at Misano, concluding his schedule early Tuesday afternoon. As for Crutchlow, who joins LCR Honda next year, the Brit only went out on track in Monday’s sessions. He had to return home to the UK to undergo checks on his left shoulder, which was still painful after his crash during the Czech Republic GP at Brno two weeks ago.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’33.91 (116 laps) says: “I am really satisfied after two days of testing: we went well and we are confirming the improvements we have shown in the last couple of races.
“Here I lapped about one second quicker than last year’s pace and so that’s a positive result. We’re working well and we managed to complete all the scheduled tests: now we’re going to Silverstone and then we’ll be back here at Misano for the race in mid-September. After these tests I am very optimistic and I feel we’re on the right path.”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – 1’34.45 (85 laps) says: “The test yesterday at Misano was quite positive because we were able to work on the base settings and the pace was pretty good. Now I have to go back to the UK, where on Wednesday morning I’ll be having some checks on the shoulder I injured at Brno, but despite this I’m really looking forward to racing in front of my home fans at Silverstone this weekend.”