Before traveling to Le Mans for the Grand Prix of France, the Ducati Team remained in Italy for a two-day private test at Mugello.
Ducati MotoGP Team GP15 pilots Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone spent most of their efforts on optimizing electronic settings at Mugello, which will host round six of MotoGP May 31.
Dovizioso, who is second in the point standings behind Valentino Rossi, and Iannone also worked on further tweaking some chassis modifications that were introduced at Jerez MotoGP last week; the initial modifications did not produce what was expected at the Spanish circuit.
Both riders were lapping close to circuit record, but Iannone suffered a crash during the final session at the Arrabbiata 2 corner, bruising his left shoulder. Following a medical check with Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini, Iannone was diagnosed with dislocated his left shoulder. Over the next three days Iannone will follow treatment agreed with his specialist, with the aim of lining up for the start of the French GP at Le Mans, MotoGP reports.
Both riders commented following the two-day private MotoGP test at Mugello:
Andrea Iannone (85 laps total, best 1:47.7) says: “It was for sure an interesting test, because testing before a race is always useful, and we were able to evaluate some solutions that during the GPs we find it difficult to do.
“In the end it was a useful two-day test and I am happy with how I was doing, even though unfortunately today at the end of the session I crashed at Arrabbiata 2 and banged my left shoulder pretty hard. In any case I’m satisfied with the way we are working, especially because the bike is still new and so we need to try different solutions in order to find the best set-up.”
Andrea Dovizioso (91 laps total, best 1:47.8) says: “I am very happy with this test, because it helped us to understand the Desmosedici GP15 better. In the first four GPs of this year, we have always tried to improve the bike, but it is very complicated to do this during the race weekend.
“Instead, having a day and a half to do so, in ideal weather conditions, gives you the possibility of knowing that you can work in the best possible way. The test confirmed to us that at Jerez we did not go in the right direction, and so we made a few modifications, found the right feeling again and we are fast here once again. For sure, we still have room to improve, but we’ve done a good job in any case and so we go to Le Mans feeling pretty confident.”