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GP Week : Issue 168
DUCATI TESTS CONFIRM MISANO PROGRESS The progress that the Ducati Marlboro team made in Valentino Rossi’s home grand prix at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was confirmed by a one-day test following’s Rossi’s second place finish in Sunday’s race. Rossi and teammate Nicky Hayden spent the day working with the new chassis and swing-arm that Rossi put to use on Sunday as well as new electronics strategies. The upgrades are coming too late to convince Rossi to stay at Ducati, but should give the factory a stronger starting platform for 2013. For Rossi the test “was a good day. Today we tried a different chassis that had a different stiffness, but honestly, I didn’t like it a lot. It was an improvement in some areas, but we had some new problems in other areas. In the end, it’s not a real improvement, so I don’t think we’ll use it again. But the positive thing is that we tried a new swing-arm that I liked a lot because it gave me more edge grip and more rear grip under acceleration, and it helps the bike to stay more stable on corner exits.” “It was a very useful test,” said Ducati’s technical boss Filippo Preziosi. “We had prepared a chassis that was the same as that used by Valentino in yesterday’s race in terms of geometry, but different in terms of rigidity. “Valentino gave us feedback that will allow us to design an evolution that has the positive characteristics that he noticed, and which match what we expected from the calculations we had made, but without losing precision. “We also had a different swing-arm that Valentino liked, so we’ll bring it to Aragon.” MOTOGP >>> NEWS 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: