Ciabatti discusses Ducati’s GP13 "lab bike"

Ciabatti discusses Ducati’s GP13 “lab bike”
Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Ducati Team’s MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti spoke with motogp.com after the post-race Jerez test to give us his thoughts on the back-to-back comparison of the current Desmosedici GP13 and the GP13 “lab bike” by Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden.

The bike had been raced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro in Jerez, who finished 11th – two places behind Hayden and Dovizioso. With complete secrecy not an option, some of the obvious visual changes were a new frame design, especially around the swingarm pivot (see photo on motogp.com – showing the “lab bike” on the right hand side). However, Ciabatti also spoke about engine upgrades and electronics changes.

The Italian commented: “Well you know this is the bike Pirro has been racing during the weekend, and we wanted to get confirmation. Obviously it’s just one step of the development, we have a long way to go still to make the bike into a real competitive bike. But we got the confirmation on what they’ve been working on so far is in the right direction.

“The corner entry is improved, a little bit also the cornering speed, but we still have other things we are working on, and we just wanted the confirmation from them that we are working in the right direction. So we got that confirmation, and Nicky and Dovi were both doing good lap times, and now we move forward to Mugello tomorrow for some more testing.”

To find out what the upgrades are, how the test schedule is progressing and when we might see the “lab bike” converted into the permanent Ducati Team machine out on track, check out the full interview on motogp.com

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