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Ducati closes gap as Sepang comes to an end

Ducati closes gap as Sepang comes to an end

The Ducati Team has closed the gap to the front-runners to just over 1.3s on the final day of testing and Sepang, as both riders continued their work on numerous bike upgrades.

The Italian’s time of 2’01’650 was set on the final day to claw back time on top-man Jorge Lorenzo, as a new chassis gave him more confidence on the latter part of corner entry.  American Nicky Hayden was just over a tenth slower with his time set on the previous day.

The three days of work was carried out with an eye toward optimizing the available equipment, including new frame components and new electronics strategies for the engine. Both riders had the opportunity to try a bike with a different weight distribution and centre of gravity. These solutions, which had already been tested by the development team at Jerez two weeks ago, were approved by the two riders.

Andrea Dovizioso

“I’m happy because we did a really good job. We started the bike we had and the lap time improved quite a bit just with a change of the set-up. We tried quite a big change with the set-up just to understand the way, but also we improved the feeling on braking and entry, so that gave me the possibility to push more. Today, in not perfect conditions, we did quite a good lap time.  The chassis was a little bit different and gave me a better feeling on the last part of entry and when you’re releasing the braking on entry - just a little bit, but positive.”

Nicky Hayden

“I was faster yesterday, but that was partly because my feeling today wasn’t quite as good due to some things we were trying on the bike. Overall though, I leave here more positive than after the first test. We’ve seen some progress in terms of both the time and the consistency, and I had a better feeling with the bike and was able to improve a little more as the days went on. We closed the gap a bit, and I had a much better feeling in the rain. The turning is still the main area where we need to improve, but although we knew the beginning of the season was going to be tough, we have to stay focused and keep the course.”

MotoGP, 2013, Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

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