The final day of the three-day test at the Spanish Jerez de la Frontera
circuit officially closed out the pre-season, and the next stop for the
MotoGP riders is the Qatar Grand Prix on 8 April.
Team saw its riders, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, finish the day in
sixth and eighth positions, respectively. It was a result with which
both could be satisfied in the context of the Desmosedici GP12's
development path, as the bike has now undergone seven days of testing,
taking into account the days ‘lost' to bad weather.
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 6th, 1:39.733 (90 laps)
went much better than Friday, and I'm pleased... we're pleased.
Unfortunately, we made some mistakes at Sepang 2 chasing a bad setup,
and we paid for that a bit on Friday because we started from that base.
Then Saturday's rain cost us an entire day, but today we finally worked
well all day long. Step by step, we arrived at our current potential:
I'm sixth, and I did a 1:39.7, which is a good time considering that
we've only really ridden this bike for six or seven days. We changed the
setup, first the rear and then the front, and now I enter the corners
pretty well again. I'm able to lean and I can ‘risk' a bit more.
Although we know very well that we still have a long road ahead, if we
look at the gap to the front we can say we're ready for the first race."
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 8th, 1:39.919 (91 laps)
been a very, very busy day. With my injury affecting the last tests, we
needed to squeeze a winter's worth of testing into this weekend, and
yesterday was basically a wash. Today we got to try some stuff on the
bike and learned a few things. I'm not thrilled with my lap time because
I thought I could go a bit quicker but I struggled a little with the
fast corners. We've clearly got some work to do, but now it's time to
get ready for Qatar, and I look forward to starting the season. I
definitely feel better after coming here and getting to ride at close to
100 per cent and getting to understand the bike a bit more. Now it's
time to see what we've got when we put the cards on the table."