Updated: Hayden Gets Wet At Mugello

Cycle News Staff | April 19, 2012

Ducati Marlboro’s Nicky Hayden went to the Mugello Circuit in Italy this week with high hopes of doing some catching up in regard to the setup of his Ducati. Unfortunately, Springtime in Italy hasn’t been kind to him or the team.

Hayden, who went to Mugello for two days of testing yesterday and today along with the Ducati MotoGP test team, has yet to turn any laps in the dry. Yesterday’s conditions were wet, though Hayden still turned some laps.

“The day wasn’t a complete waste,” Hayden wrote on his Twitter feed yesterday. “We did some testing in the wet.”

Today he’s reporting that conditions are even worse.

“No action yet today. Weather is worse then yesterday.”

Hayden finished sixth in the MotoGP season opener in Qatar a week and a half ago.

The official release on the test just showed up… here it is.

Ducati’s test at Mugello was affected by the weather, forcing Nicky Hayden and official test rider Franco Battaini to spend more time in the garage than they did on the track. The conditions alternated between sunny skies and heavy precipitation for all three days, but both riders nonetheless did their best to take advantage of the nicer moments by trying both dry and wet settings.

“We came here looking to make up time lost due to my missing the Valencia test and having limited time at the Malaysia and Jerez tests, but it was pretty much a wash,” Hayden said. “It’s a shame because Ducati gave me the opportunity to come and had a race-spec GP12 here, along with my whole team. Yesterday we made two exits with slicks and also did a bit of riding in the wet, but today the conditions were wet but also cold and windy, completely unmanageable. With two back-to-back races coming up, there wasn’t much to be gained by risking testing in the wet. I’ve learned during my career that you can’t control the weather, so there’s no need to complain. We’ll just look forward to the race at Jerez.”

“We had very unstable conditions at Mugello,” said Ducati Corse General Manager Filippo Preziosi. “We tried to optimize our work by doing some setup tests with Nicky, including some rain settings, given that he rode so little during the first two winter tests. With Franco, particularly on the relatively nice first day, we started doing some tests that will be useful for preparing updates for Vale and Nicky to try during the post-race test in Estoril. I really hope we get sunny weather in Portugal!”