Electronics and software strategies were the main focus for Ducati Team as it conducted its single day of post-race Misano testing on Monday.
Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso were in action per usual, joined by Michele Pirro who was sharing his bike with Franco Battaini. Heavy overnight rain left wet patches on the circuit, resulting in Ducati reducing its running time to five hours between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. As well as electronics and software, Ducati also looked into larger brake discs with next month’s Japanese GP in mind.
Andrea Dovizioso, 8th, 1:34.118 (53 laps):
“Today’s test was interesting because you can always work on small details after a race, as you have all the parameters from the weekend. We didn’t try any new parts, but we did some small tests with the balance that helped us to understand some things. We tried the bigger brakes, which we might use in Japan, and they work very well. There was also a new tire that Bridgestone brought; it could let us also use the hard option during the weekends, as we normally just use the soft. The conditions today were good, and we dropped our fast lap time a bit, so we hope that these small improvements will help us at Aragon.”
Nicky Hayden, 9th, 1:34.252 (72 laps):
“We got a late start because of the weather, but then we just worked through the day and pretty much tested everything we wanted to try. We didn’t have anything too major, just some different setup options that we may want to use at some races later in the year. On a positive note, we tried the new hard Bridgestone tire, which seemed to work pretty well and should definitely be good for some tracks later in the season if it’s available. We also tested brakes for Motegi. In general, we didn’t find any big breakthroughs, but we got some good information.”
Ducati will resume action with next weekend’s Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón.
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