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Petrucci plays catch-up in Jerez

Petrucci plays catch-up in Jerez

Iodaracing MotoGP Team’s Danilo Petrucci has completed some vital catch-up work on his ART bike at a three-day test at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.

The Italian was unable to test fully during the official pre-season, and was severely hampered due to the lack of set-up time needed. This not only affected him from a personal point of view – getting used the new machine – but also with regards to electronics.

The ART machines had last yearbeen run exclusively with the in-house Aprilia software, though opting to run under “Open” regulations have had to switch to the Magneti Marelli championship spec software. And with such a switch not a straightforward thing to do, time to dial in the software is vital.

The team and Petrucci may have been hampered slightly by some bad weather, though still managed to get some useful track time – 110 laps in total – to be that much more prepared for the next race in Austin.

The Italian commented: “I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to do this test. We need to do miles and we were successful in this target. The ART is a fantastic bike, but it rides in a completely different way from the one that I used last year, so it was essential for me to try on a different track from Losail where we did the test and the race.”

MotoGP, 2014, Danilo Petrucci, Octo IodaRacing Team

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