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Nicky Hayden was in action at Mugello on Tuesday in order to trial the new Ducati GP12. As test rider Franco Battaini continued the development programme of the current GP11 model, the 2006 World Champion was pleased with the latest work on the prototype.
“It was a positive day, even if the track conditions this morning weren’t great because of the rain last night,” said the American, who completed 83 laps. “That caused us to get started a bit late, but we worked on the setup and some new changes that have been made to the GP12.
“I only started having better feeling after the lunch break, when the sun made the track conditions better. The new asphalt is definitely a big improvement, especially in some spots like the two Arrabbiate corners, which are really fun now.
“I’m satisfied with the steps forward that have been made with the bike since the first time I tried it at Jerez. Thanks to Filippo (Preziosi) for giving me the opportunity to ride it again.”
The test will conclude as Valentino Rossi rides on Wednesday.
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