Friday, July 17

DUCATI ALSO TESTS AT MISANO

The Ducati MotoGP has just concluded two intensive days of testing at Italy's Misano circuit, and despite sweltering conditions, Andrea Dovizioso clocked up 132 laps, or 554 kilometres over two days.

Both he and Andrea Iannone used the hard option Bridgestone tyres throughout.

The two Ducati factory riders were mainly able to devote themselves to a back-to-back comparison of a variety of different set-ups.

Dovizioso stayed out on track until the end of the second afternoon but Iannone’s second day was brought to an end at lunchtime due to a flaring up again of the pain in his left shoulder, which he injured during pre-race testing at Mugello.

Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro was also present at Misano, and he continued his regular development work, focussing mainly on electronics.

Last Sunday’s race at the Sachsenring and this test conclude the first part of the 2015 season and the Ducati Team will next be back on track from August 7-9 at Indianapolis for the second race this year on US soil.

Andrea Dovizioso:
“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 tyre, but in the afternoon it was really very hot and we didn’t try to improve our times, and even avoided using the soft tyres.”

Andrea Iannone:

“In one and a half days of testing, we only used a total of three tyres, all hard compound, and even this morning I never used soft tyres.  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.”