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Ducati finds improvements in one-day Misano post-GP test

Ducati finds improvements in one-day Misano post-GP test

Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and test-rider Franco Battaini remained at the Misano track following yesterday’s GP to undertake a one-day private test, with all riders citing positive results.

American Hayden was first out on track, despite still nursing an injured right hand, which he raced with the day before. He went out both on his race-machine, and on the new bike, which Rossi used to get his second podium of the season. The new machine, featuring a new chassis and swingarm, received positive feedback from Hayden, despite him not being able to do a long run due to considerable pain in his hand. He did however state that as he has already been using a stiffer swingarm than Rossi recently, the main change came from the chassis. Improved braking and corner entry where some of the positives he highlighted, yet stated that for Aragón he still needed a few adjustments to the frame and potentially new front springs. Test rider Battaini continued the test on Hayden’s second bike.

Rossi was out on track in the afternoon and covered a total of 53 laps, testing a new chassis with a different stiffness, which he was not keen on, as it only improved some areas, but threw up more problems elsewhere. Following this, the Italian tested another new swingarm, which he gave positive feedback on, as it gave better edge grip and more grip under acceleration out of corners, giving the bike greater stability. He stated that they would be using it in the race in Aragón. In a comment that will please many Ducati fans and the factory alike, Rossi stated that they now seem to have found their way, and he hopes to be able to verify this in the up-coming races.


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