Published on 24 May 2012 by Toni M.
Summery weather met Ducati’s Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden for the final day of testing at Mugello and both riders worked hard on trying out ‘different configurations of the engine, electronics and chassis’ and completing 76 and 81 laps respectively.
Ducati also brought a new aluminum swingarm that Hayden tested yesterday and Rossi today, which could replace the current carbon fibre one in a not-to- distant race weekend, as Davide Brivio tweeted, “Positive test at Mugello for Vale. An aluminum swingarm and electronics settings gave good feelings.Trying to close a bit the gap. We’ll see” while Rossi tweeted “Good test in Mugello,we have tried some good new stuff.now we have to wait Barcellona for understand”
While lap times were not released, the super informed GPone is reporting that Rossi lapped in 1.48.62 and Hayden 1.48.84. The test was supposed to be behind closed doors, but apparently Valentino Rossi’s Fan Club managed to get through the gates and organize a picnic near the Casanova Savelli.
The next test for the two Ducati Team riders is scheduled for 4 June in Barcelona, the Monday after the next Grand Prix, with another test set for 6 June at Aragon in order to make up the day lost to bad weather in Portugal.
“I’d say it was a very useful test because we were able to gather interesting information on the different areas of the bike for which we had planned a robust test program,” Filippo Preziosi said. “We worked on different configurations of the electronics, engine and chassis, including an aluminum swingarm. Now we want to go to other tracks, which is exactly what we’ll do in Barcelona and Aragon, to test the validity of the solutions we’ve found, in order to understand if we’ve effectively taken a small step in the right direction.”