Ducati completes three-day Jerez test
20 January 2011 – Wednesday evening saw the Ducati team reach the end of its three-day test session at Jerez, with test riders Vittoriano Guareschi and Franco Battaini finalising setup changes on the GP11 as planned by Filippo Preziosi.
Proceedings began at approximately 11:30am local time (GMT +1), with Guareschi racking up 61 laps before handing the bike over to his team-mate before the track closed at 6pm, with a total of 90 laps being completed for the day.
“We were lucky because the weather conditions enabled us to test for all three days of the session," Preziosi began. "We identified two setup configurations that Vittoriano determined to be suitable in terms of front-end feel and turn-in.
“With Franco, we found some interesting solutions for both anti-wheelie control and traction control. We’re all satisfied with the work carried out, even though we’re aware that we’re dealing with technical solutions that were tried on a different track and in different conditions compared to those of Sepang.
“Only when Valentino (Rossi) and Nicky (Hayden) have had their turn to try and evaluate those solutions will we be able to have a more certain confirmation and to understand if we’ve taken a step forward - and if so, how big of a step.”
Ducati will be back in action as official pre-season testing begins at Sepang, Malaysia, on Tuesday 1 February.