2012 MotoGP Testing
Valentino Rossi had his third outing aboard the Ducati GP12 Wednesday at Mugello, twisting the throttle on the MotoGP prototype for 80 laps.
While Rossi was out testing, his Ducati Team boys (Vittoriano Guareschi and Filippo Preziosi) were analyzing data on the bike which will be used in 2012 MotoGP when the bikes can have 1000cc motors.
2012 MotoGP Testing
The last time Valentino Rossi left Mugello, he was on a stretcher with a broken leg. But the Ducati pilot returned to the track on Thursday, this time leaving the MotoGP circuit with positivity.
This positivity after Valentino Rossi’s second outing on the Ducati GP12, the Italian completing 60 laps at the circuit (without incident).
During a wet Jerez Grand Prix earlier this month, Valentino Rossi recorded his best performance on the Ducati Team GP12, finishing fifth at a crash-filled event.
But the Italian’s continuous struggles may possibly slow a bit at Estoril this weekend for Round 3 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship.
2011 MotoGP Prep
A three-day Ducati MotoGP development test began Monday in Spain, at Jerez de la Frontera. Two teams, under the guidance of Ducati Technical Director Filippo Preziosi, supported official test rider Franco Battaini and Vittoriano Guareschi, who temporarily replaced his Team Manager duties with those of a rider.
Ducati GP10 Unveiled
Claudio Domenicali Speaks… "The main changes to the bike are based on the rule changes, so the major part of the work was done precisely to make it perform better using only six engines for the entire championship. It’s a very important difference, because we were used to using more-or-less one engine per race, so to switch from eighteen engines to six is a very important adjustment. To go 1,600 kilometres with an engine that goes over 19,000 rpm isn’t a simple assignment."
Mattia Pasini today concluded testing of the Ducati GP9 at the Mugello circuit, having enjoyed three days of warm, sunny weather in which he was able to improve his knowledge of the Desmosedici and demonstrate continuous progress. During these days he experienced two falls (yesterday and today) but this did not deter him and he began to test different set-ups, in order to adapt the bike to his riding style. A positive experience for him and also for Ducati’s technicians who appreciated his positive and determined character as well as the data he was able to provide.
Prior to the next MotoGP round, to take place at the Portuguese track of Estoril on 4th October, Mattia Pasini will be back on board the Desmosedici GP9 during a three-day test session at Mugello from 22nd to 24th September. He will ride alongside official test rider Vittoriano Guareschi under the supervision of Filippo Preziosi.
Nicky Hayden is experiencing his toughest start to a MotoGP season.
Nicky Hayden Speaks…
"We can’t do much in terms of preparing for the Grand Prix and this obviously isn’t an easy period for me, but I have to think positive and continue to give it everything. That is my way of dealing with things and that is what I’ll continue to do alongside my team. I’m looking forward to getting out there and racing again but I’m also looking forward to the test afterwards."
Donington Park will reverberate to the sound of Desmosedici RR’s as the Derbyshire circuit hosts the World’s first Desmosedici only track day on Tuesday 30th June.
This most exclusive of all track days is open solely to Desmosedici RR owners and track places will be limited to 75 to ensure plenty of track time and space during the day. The riders will be able to ride the full Moto GP circuit (not usually available for track days) and be able to enjoy the full impact of their race exhausts as their will not be a noise limit on the day.
Troy Bayliss completed his first day of testing on board the Desmosedici GP9 at Mugello today alongside regular factory test rider Vittoriano Guareschi.
It was a first outing for the Australian on a MotoGP bike since the final round of 2006, when he followed up his second World Superbike title by competing in the final Grand Prix of the season at Valencia, scoring a sensational one-two for Ducati with victory ahead of his team-mate Loris Capirossi.
Since the Gran Premio bwin.com de España, where there were disappointing results for Ducati other than Casey Stoner’s best ever Jerez result, the Italian factory has taken several steps to improve their overall competitiveness.
A three-day test commences on Tuesday at Mugello, where Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi will be joined by Troy Bayliss to focus on using the data from the opening three rounds of the season to further develop the GP9.
The Australian rider, who will follow this weekend’s Superbike action at Monza from the Ducati garage, will test the Desmosedici GP9 from May 12th to 14th at the Italian circuit of Mugello, alongside the team’s official MotoGP test rider Vittoriano Guareschi.
The test has been planned for a while and will be repeated during the year at future official sessions of the Test Team. Ducati can thus count on the feedback of a three times world champion, whose talent and experience will contribute to the continuous development work carried out on the Desmosedici GP9 and GP10.