Ducati MotoGP Testing at Misano
The Ducati Team concluded two days of private testing Thursday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
Though the heat was intense and the on-track temperatures were extremely hot, factory Ducati GP15 prototype pilots Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone were able to get some serious work completed.
Dovizioso and Iannone – along with Ducati Team Test Rider Michele Pirro – tested various parts and settings back-to-back in hopes of finding the most optimal solution for not only the GP15s, but also the Misano Circuit, which hosts round 13 of MotoGP in September.
When Ducati MotoGP Testing wrapped up, Dovi, who crashed out of last weekend’s Sachsering MotoGP, completed 132 laps with a best time of 1:32.5.
Due to a pain in his left shoulder, which he injured during pre-race testing at Mugello, Iannone stopped riding after lunch on the second day. Regardless, Iannone, who finished fifth at Sachsenring MotoGP, put in 101 laps and recorded a best time of 1:32.7. As for Pirro, he focused mainly on electronics.
Ducati MotoGP Testing from Misano Rider Quotes
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04): “These two days of testing at Misano have been really useful, because we were able to do the set-up testing work that we were interested in. During race weekends, we never have the right amount of time to devote ourselves to this. We worked on fine-tuning, both the electronics and the set-up, and our pace is not bad at all: my quickest lap I did this morning with a used tire, but in the afternoon it was really very hot and we didn’t try to improve our times, and even avoided using the soft tires.”
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29): “In one and a half days of testing, we only used a total of three tires, all hard compound, and even this morning I never used soft tires. Despite this we improved our pace over yesterday by more than half a second.
“This is important for us and I am pleased with how we went. I’m just disappointed I had to finish the test early, but unfortunately from this morning onwards my shoulder was hurting really bad and I was unable to lap quickly or push hard. Today however I had some good sensations on the bike, we did a good job and picked up a lot of important information for the future.”
Ducati MotoGP Testing – What’s Next
Along with the others, the Ducati Team will be on summer break until round 10 of 18 in 2015 MotoGP – the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, which is set for August 7-9.
Ducati MotoGP Testing at Misano Photo Gallery 2015