Ducati riders endure difficult final day
14 March 2011 – The last pre-season test prior to the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix proved challenging for Ducati, with Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi struggling to ninth and 13th respectively. Both riders suffered falls during the five-hour session, and were left looking for more pace at the end of the night.
"We tried some different options and got a little bit better, but not like we really wanted to," Hayden explained. "I did two longer runs and was able to string together some laps at a decent pace, on both hard and soft tyres. I ended the day with a crash in Turn 2, where a lot of guys have gone down this week. I just lost the front end."
Rossi added: "I’d say that today was pretty challenging: the weather conditions were much tougher than yesterday, and I had another crash when I slipped on a white line. Fortunately, I just fell over on the ground, it was nothing serious."
The Italian went on to talk about his ongoing shoulder injury, and has revealed that it is still causing issues:
"The real problem was that at about an hour and a half from the finish, I started to lose strength in my shoulder, and I just couldn’t push anymore,” Rossi added. “It’s a shame, because I had just done my best time, and I may have been able to drop it a little more from there."