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Work continues for Andrea Dovizioso on the 2016 Ducati, focusing primarily on race pace and an improved feeling on the new bike.
The Phillip Island test drew to a close for the MotoGP™ World Championship, rain once again disrupting the final day of action. Although the morning was clear, an afternoon shower sent riders into the pits as they waited for the track to dry. Despite the interruptions and mixed weather across the three days, Andrea Dovizioso was able to complete the bulk of his planned workload and took big steps forward with the setting of his Ducati Desmosedici GP. Ending the test 11th overall and as the fourth fastest Ducati may be a lacklustre result on paper, but ‘Desmo Dovi’ is pleased with his race pace and felt he was only a couple of tenths off the pace. A run of ten laps saw the Italian able to set multiple laps in the low 1’30s with three 1’29 laps coming later in the day.
With the 2016 Ducati still at a very early stage, completing laps and gathering data is far more valuable for the Ducati factory than a single flying lap. Both the riders and the team now head back to Italy for the team’s 2016 launch in Bologna before venturing to Qatar for the final test of 2016.
Andrea Dovizioso: “I am very happy again today because, even though we were unable to make use of all the time available, we did manage to carry out some important tests. It was actually easy for us to be quite fast, even though we’re still missing a couple of tenths of a second to get up to the top at the end of the day. However I am happy with my race pace because I have a good feeling with my bike, and going away from Phillip Island with this feeling was my aim, especially in view of the fact that this is a track where I have always struggled a bit. The aim now is to make a further step forward in Qatar in order to be ready for the race and be protagonists like last year.”