New Ducati GP12 completes Jerez shakedown
20 January 2012 – Jerez was the venue this week as the Ducati MotoGP team performed the shakedown run of its 2012 bike, the GP12. Carlos Checa (pictured) and Franco Battaini were the two riders in action. Group testing begins later this month.
Overseen by Ducati Technical Director Filippo Preziosi, the three-day test ran from Tuesday as Checa and Battaini took turns on the bike before handing it over to race riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden in a fortnight’s time.
Weather conditions remained cold but dry to the relief of the Italian squad, which allowed it to complete the programme without any major upsets. Official pre-season testing will be underway at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit from Tuesday 31 January.