Today Ducati concluded, 'the usual' or the 'lab' GP13?
The differences are minimal as the riders say, Dovi is still thinking if he will use it meanwhile Hayden decided not to. Today, on the track there was also the new Suzuki GP machine which, in the hands of Randy DePuniet managed just +0.772 of the leader's pace. Ducati should think about this.
As you can see, Iannone laped slower than DePuniet's Suzuki which should make Ducati wonder how can be this possible for this to happen as the Hamamatsu team is at their very first official test.
Defenetly they must come up with something big in Borgo Panigale or else we will defenetly think they are really out of any knowledge regarding the GP machines. The riders scream for bigger changes and more consistent improvements, we shall se if the newly designed engine will bring something good in the ecuation.
1 LORENZO J.Yamaha Factory Racing Team1:41.904
2 HAYDEN N.Ducati Team+0.051
3 BRADL S.LCR Honda MotoGP+0.323
4 DOVIZIOSO A.Ducati Team+0.513
5 CRUTCHLOW C.Monster Yamaha Tech 3+0.558
6 ROSSI V.Yamaha Factory Racing Team+0.609
7 ESPARGARO A.Power Electronics Aspar+0.633
8 DE PUNIET R.Suzuki Test Team+0.772
9 IANNONE A.Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team+0.793
10 SMITH B.Monster Yamaha Tech 3+1.276
11 PIRRO M.Ignite Pramac Racing+1.880
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 2nd, 1:41.955 (73 laps)
“Overall, it was kind of an up-and-down day. We were here with the lab bike, but unfortunately, I’m consistently faster with the standard version. We want to do a step and come closer to the front guys, but at the moment, I can’t find it with the lab bike. I hope I at least got some good information for the engineers. I spent some time on my standard bike, and I had a pretty good feeling with it today and was able to check a couple of things. We also tested Bridgestone’s new hard rear tyre, which has good potential. We haven’t been able to use their current hard for most of the year, which makes race weekends tough, but I had a good feeling with the new one today and did a 42.4 on it. Hopefully that will give them some direction to help us as the summer gets hotter.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 4th, 1:42.417 (56 laps)
“We did the comparison between the two frames on a track that’s much different from the others where we’ve tested. We still have to decide which one to use, but the difference is very small. Just like in the tests at Jerez and Mugello, the new frame seems better on corner entry but moves a bit more on exits. Anyway, the positives and the negatives are both minimal. Now we’ll decide which frame to use at Assen, but there aren’t big differences. Using one or the other won’t change much, so we’ll wait for more new parts.”