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Jul 4, 2013

Ducati Concludes Multi-Team Test At Misano (Updated)

Andrea Iannone (29) in action.
Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider Andrea Iannone today completed a two-day test at the Misano circuit.

Andrea rode approximately forty laps on the ‘lab’ version of the Desmosedici GP13, and despite a break of over two hours due to bad weather, he managed to turn a best lap of 1:35.1 while working on his race pace, with an eye toward using the bike starting at the next Grand Prix, on 14 July at the Sachsenring.

Therefore satisfied with the work carried out, and with the data gathered, the team will now focus on the next round.

More, from another press release issued by Pramac Racing:

Alex De Angelis, who will serve as a substitute rider for the Ignite Pramac Racing Team at the United States Grand Prix, took part in a test at Misano today to acquaint himself with the Ducati Desmosedici GP13.

Although the day was interrupted for about two hours by a strong downpour, obliging the rider and team to stop, it produced good results. Alex, who hadn’t ridden a MotoGP bike since 2010, was able to complete over fifty laps, clocking a best time of 1:37.0.

It was a positive day for the rider from San Marino who, now that he has familiarized himself with the bike that he will race at Laguna Seca on 21 July, will use the practice days for that race to focus on finding a good setup.

More, from a press release issued by Ducati Corse:

Ducati Team concludes test at Misano

The Ducati Team today completed a busy three-day test at Misano. Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden rode on Wednesday and Thursday, whereas Michele Pirro—fresh from his recent substitute rider appearances with Pramac Racing—returned to his role as Ducati Test Team rider, beginning his work on Tuesday and continuing through to today.

Apart from a brief morning rain shower today, the test was marked by good weather, enabling the riders to focus their work, which consisted mainly of carrying out frame comparisons. They also tried some engine developments and looked for a base setup for the Grand Prix of San Marino and the Rimini Riviera, which will take place at this track in September.

Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team (105 laps)
“The Misano track is a bit inconsistent for our bike, but coming from Assen, we immediately felt a bit better at this circuit. We worked on the current bike, finding a setup for the Misano race, and then we went ahead with the development of the laboratory bike, trying some new stuff and finding some interesting things. We were able to do nearly two full days of good work, and today we tried a change with the frame. There were some positives, like an improvement with the feeling on corner entry. We must decide what to do; it’s a new part, so we have to understand whether or not we can have it in time for the Sachsenring.”

Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team (158 laps)
“It’s certainly been a useful couple of days. We didn’t make any drastic improvements, but I tried something with a different anti-wheelie solution that worked quite well, and I’m happy about that for the next two tracks, which are maybe the worst two circuits for wheelies on the whole calendar. We lost a bit of time today with the rain, but in the end I did a low 1:34. That’s not a bad lap time, although we’ll certainly have to do better than that when we come here for the race. We did a lot of laps, mainly with the wheelie control and a different fork setting, and we got some good information.”

More, from a press release issued by Team SBK Alstare Ducati:

Two further days of testing for Team SBK Ducati Alstare at the Misano circuit

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Thursday 4 July 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare was on track at Misano both today and yesterday with its riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini for a two-day test session.

Warm and sunny conditions allowed the team to work consistently yesterday while today a rain shower in the early afternoon kept the riders confined to the garage for a couple of hours. Over the two-day period the two Ducati Alstare men were able to complete roughly 150 laps each, recording some interesting times in the process. With work focusing mainly on weight distribution on the bike, riding position, the anti-wheelie system and general set-up, the riders and their technicians are satisfied with the results seen in this week’s testing.

Carlos Checa: “We’ve worked on set-up, my position on the bike, also working to improve some small things with the suspension, the position of the fork etc. I think we’ve worked well but we’ll only see the results once we get to Moscow. I hope we have a good base and that when we arrive in Russia we’ll be able to make small adjustments that will allow me to ride as I have here, and to the best of my ability. I’m very pleased that my shoulder hasn’t really given me any trouble, despite having completed about 1400km on the bike between Imola and Misano, so I hope that chapter is finally closed.”

Ayrton Badovini: “The tests have been positive. Unfortunately we lost some time today due to rain but, apart from that, we’ve worked well and have enjoyed two constructive days. We’ve tried some interesting things, working on the distribution of weight on the bike and with the shock. In the end we found a setting that I like and we confirmed a few things that we’d tried in Imola. I’m happy, though a little tired having ridden on six of the last seven days – I’m heading home now for a bit of a rest!”

Ernesto Marinelli – Ducati SBK project manager: “This test was very important for us. After the difficult weekend in Imola it was essential for Carlos to get back the confidence that he’d lost on the bike and, comforted by the times recorded, I’d say that we’re on the right track. Ayrton continued the positive trend seen in Imola and he too believes that we’re progressing in an encouraging way. We’re aware of how much work is still ahead of us but we – Team, riders and Ducati - are all working flat out. Perseverance should bring us to the finish line.”

Team SBK Ducati Alstare will next take to the track during the upcoming round of the World Superbike Championship that will take place between 19 and 21 July at the Moscow track in Russia.
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