Rossi And Hayden Complete Test

Cycle News Staff | May 24, 2012

Marlboro Ducati’s Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden completed their two-day test at Mugello in Italy today, the pair turning some 76 and 81 laps, respectively, and leaving the facility happy with the changes made to the Desmosedici.

The pair tried different configurations of the engine, electronics and chassis, including a new aluminum swingarm.

“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.”

The next test for the Ducati pair is slated for June 4 in Barcelona, the Monday after the next GP. They will test again almost immediately after that at Aragon in Spain on June 6 – the makeup test for the recently rained-out Portuguese test.