After the three-day MotoGP testing session in Sepang, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were less than optimistic about their results. Rossi said that he was “unhappy,” and that he was “worried” about the 2011 season. But while Hayden and Rossi were working in Sepang, the Ducati Marlboro testing team was working hard in Jerez.
Luckily for Rossi and Hayden, the testing team was confident about their progress. Working with Ducati’s official team test rider, Franco Battaini, the testing team was able to make further progress on the GP11 in order to prepare for the start of the 2011 MotoGP season.
Filippo Prezioso and the development team were in constant concat with the Ducati team in Sepang, and were able to work on a few of the problems pointed out by Hayden and Rossi.
“Today was the final session of this three-day test in Jerez with the development team,” said Prezioso. “We worked through an intense schedule with Franco (Battaini), completing a series of software tests in close conjunction with the official team in Sepang.
“Based on the feed-back from Valentino and Nicky, we carried the work forward on a parallel course which will allow us to provide concrete solutions for the next test in Qatar. We have also continued to work on the chassis set-up, gathering data which we will return to the factory with on Monday for comparison with that of Sepang.”
Prezioso acknowledge that the Sepang test didn’t go as planned, but was confident that the Ducati machine would be back on track for the Qatar test, and would be ready to fire off the line at the start of the MotoGP season.
“In Malaysia we have not finished in a position inline with our original target but this was also due to some back luck,” Prezioso said. “After a promising start to the test, Valentino became ill and lost a full day on the track, forcing him to cram all of the remaining work into the last day. Valentino, Nicky and all the guys at the track were working flat out, and we are doing the same back in the factory.
“We are confident that by going forward with this same level of commitment, and staying focused on our objectives we will realize the potential that we know we have.”
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com