Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP Private Ducati MotoGP Testing Concludes at Misano

Private Ducati MotoGP Testing Concludes at Misano

Ducati MotoGP Testing at Misano

Private Ducati MotoGP Testing Concludes at Misano
Andrea Dovizioso

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.

Private Ducati MotoGP Testing Concludes at Misano - Andrea Iannone
Andrea Iannone

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

2021 BMW R 18 Review (19 Fast Facts on the First Edition)

Over a year after its concept debut, the 2021 BMW R 18 has made its way to production. Much has been written about its...

2021 Honda CRF450R Review (12 First Ride Fast Facts from Glen Helen)

The 2021 Honda CRF450R is all-new for 2021. The entirely new chassis, bodywork, exhaust, and hydraulic clutch highlight the changes to the CRF450R. Add to...

Arai Spoiler EX2 for the Corsair-X Helmet First Look

The Arai Corsair-X is the Japanese company’s flagship helmet and intended for riders of the highest performance motorcycle. MotoGP racers Maverick Viñales of Monster...

2021 Indian Scout Lineup First Look: Five Models (Photos, Specs + Prices)

Although the five-motorcycle Indian Scout lineup is functionally unchanged for 2021—last year was a major expansion of the line—this year, Indian is offering new...

2020 Ural Weekender SE First Look: Special Edition Sidecar

Just in time for autumn, Ural lets loose with the 2020 Ural Weekender SE. Based on the 2WD Gear Up model, the Weekender SE...

Royal Enfield American Flat Track Debut: AFT Production Twins Class

Johnny Lewis debuted the Royal Enfield Twins FT in the Production Twins class at the American Flat Track Williams Grove Half-Mile I in Mechanicsburg,...