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Ciabatti provides Ducati summer snapshot

Ciabatti provides Ducati summer snapshot

Ducati’s MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti has given his thoughts on 2013 so far and his hope for the rest of the season and beyond.  

The Italian factory boss stated openly, “It has been quite a challenging season so far. We have had some good results in qualifying but also some disappointing results. We knew it was going to be a difficult year and we are racing and developing the bike at the same time, which is never easy. We are working hard and we are confident of having something to show at the end of the season.”

Regarding the ongoing injury to Pramac Racing Team’s Ben Spies and the regular substitute appearances made by test rider Michele Pirro in place of the American, Ciabatti explained, “We have a very comprehensive testing programme for this year. In fact though, the fact that Ben has been injured has meant Michele has brought the development bike into racing. During a race weekend you push much harder and you get more valuable information than you would from a test situation.”

Summarising the year to date for Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, plus the recent misfortunes Spies and his teammate Andrea Iannone, who missed Sachsenring and Laguna Seca due to a dislocated shoulder, the Ducati director added, “With Andrea and Nicky we know they always give 100%. On the Pramac side we had a few problems with Ben and it has taken him longer to recover than first expected. He’s back at Indy and hopefully will be at 100% for the rest of the season.”

“Unfortunately Andrea Iannone had a few crashes and the last one at Sachsenring was pretty bad. He’s having physiotherapy so hopefully we can have a second part of the season without any injury.”

Summarising Hayden’s contribution to the Ducati MotoGP story, Ciabatti added: “Nicky has been very valuable to us for five years and we are fully behind him until the end of the championship. Obviously we will make a different choice for next year and we are trying to see if Nicky can stay with us in a different role, maybe in MotoGP or maybe in Superbikes. We are working with him to try and keep him in the Ducati family.”

MotoGP, 2013, Ducati Team

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