Rossi making progress, Hayden halted by shoulder pain

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

A busy second day of testing for the Ducati Team focused on preparing the GP12’s base setup. Rossi achieved his goal of lapping under the 2’02 mark while Hayden was forced to sit out the second half of the day.

Valentino Rossi took advantage of the entire day of testing, working on the plan that Filippo Preziosi had laid out for the team, while Nicky Hayden was forced to stop after sixteen laps due to pain in his injured left shoulder. Test rider Franco Battaini took over the American’s seat to continue with development work on the 2012 bike.

Valentino Rossi:
"It was another positive day, both because we achieved our goal of lapping at 2’01 and because we managed to make further progress with the bike setup. On the other hand, as is normal with a brand-new bike like the GP12, as we progress with our tests we also find other details that can’t be addressed with setup alone and that will therefore have to be perfected in the coming weeks. We identified those areas yesterday—acceleration and electronics—and we confirmed the progress made with the front end. Honda and Yamaha have been working on their bikes for a year, while we’ve just had two days, which makes our job particularly challenging, but we already knew that as well."

"Tomorrow will be important because we’ll be able to make an overall assessment of the three days, and we’ll have a clearer idea of where we stand compared to the others. If we manage to stay under one second from the top, I’ll be happy."

Nicky Hayden:
"I was okay when I first went out this morning, and on my second lap I managed to make a pretty decent step from yesterday. After that I lost strength in the shoulder and wasn’t really able to ride fast or consistently enough to test much. I’m okay under braking because I can lock my shoulder out, but when the bike shakes I don’t have enough strength to hold on. I didn’t want to crash and cause bigger problems, so I just decided to chill out. It’s a bit of a bummer, but that’s how it goes sometimes. They’ve done a great job with the new bike, and you can see just from looking at it that it’s really slick. I just wish I could ride it closer to the edge and really see what it does and how it reacts to changes. Maybe I’ll do a few more laps tomorrow, but that’s about it."

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