Rain in Jerez, MotoGP and SBK teams forced in the pits

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MotoGP 2012 - Phillip Island - Box e Paddock

On the final day of the MotoGP and SBK tests at Jerez de la Frontera, the rain unfortunately prevented teams and riders from continuing with the development of the bikes in view of the 2013 season. The riders of the three MotoGP teams that have been testing in Spain since Wednesday (the factory Ducati Team, Ducati Pramac Racing and Avintia Blusens) did not put their noses out of the garage, with the exception of a 10 laps stint from Nicky Hayden (who scored an excellent 1 40.090 yesterday on the dry) and newly appointed Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, who completed just 6 laps.

The adverse weather conditions certainly did not encouraged Andrea Dovizioso to get back on the track: the Italian is still suffering from a neck muscle injury that prevented him from exploiting these three days of test properly (he just did a couple of laps on the first day). ‘Dovi’ will undergo surgery next Tuesday to remove a plate from his collarbone, and will definitely be back on his new Ducati Desmosedici at the Sepang test, next February.

Andrea Iannone, the new rookie of the Ducati Pramac Racing team, and the two new signings of the Avintia Blusens team, Hector Barbera and Hiroshi Aoyama, preferred to settle for what was accomplished in the previous days, whereas the riders of the Ducati Alstare SBK team, Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini, just did some parade lap on the wet track before calling it a day. As far as we know, BMW Italia GoldBet riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies did not even put the leathers on.

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