After three days of work at Jerez, the Ducati test team has packed up and is heading home to Bologna with a couple of disks full of data and a few ideas to help improve the Desmosedici GP11 for when the official riders start to test again in 12 days' time. Work for Vito Guareschi and Franco Battaini has focused around improving the front end feel of the GP11 - something that was the bane of the 2010 bike - and a revised electronics package, improving the traction control and anti-wheelie systems.
The team now takes the solutions found to Sepang, where Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will be able to put them to the test at race pace. That will take place at the first official MotoGP test of 2011, from February 1st - 3rd.
Below are the official press releases from Ducati's test team:
WORK UNDERWAY AT JEREZ FOR DUCATI MOTOGP TEST TEAM
Vittoriano Guareschi and Franco Battaini completed the second day of a three-day Ducati MotoGP testing session at Jerez de la Frontera, lapping until the track closed since weather conditions have made it pointless to ride prior to lunchtime. Guareschi completed 59 laps, while Battaini turned in 66.
"We started the test at 1 p.m. since the morning was foggy, as usual," said Guareschi, the Ducati Marlboro Team Manager. "It was nice and sunny in the afternoon though, and we got in some good laps. I worked on the chassis, while 'Batta' continued with the electronics. Today I worked a lot on suspension, along with Öhlins technician Mike Norton, who looks after Valentino and who took advantage of this test to familiarize himself with working on the GP11. Franco is at a good point with his work dialing in the anti-wheelie control, so I'd say that for now, everything is proceeding according to plan."
Day 3 - Ends
JEREZ TEST COMPLETED. GP11 TO RETURN TO THE TRACK IN FEBRUARY WITH ROSSI AND HAYDEN
The Ducati Test Team's third and final day of testing at Jerez (Spain) began at around 11:30 this morning, allowing Vittoriano Guareschi and Franco Battaini enough time to complete the GP11 setup test planned by Filippo Preziosi. The Italian bike's next outing will be at the hands of the Ducati Marlboro Team riders February 1-3 at Sepang, in Malaysia.
Vittoriano Guareschi finished riding at around 4:00 p.m. after completing 61 laps, while Franco Battaini continued until the track closed at 6:00 p.m., turning in a total of 90 laps.
"We were lucky," commented Filippo Preziosi, "because the weather conditions enabled us to test for all three days of the session. We identified two setup configurations that Vittoriano determined to be suitable in terms of front-end feel and turn-in. With Franco, we found some interesting solutions for both anti-wheelie control and traction control. We're all satisfied with the work carried out, even though we're aware that we're dealing with technical solutions that were tried on a different track and in different conditions compared to those of Sepang. Only when Valentino and Nicky have had their turn to try and evaluate those solutions will we be able to have a more certain confirmation and to understand if we've taken a step forward—and if so, how big of a step."