The riders present at Jerez for the Italian factory were Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone, whom it was decided to send late last week in order to provide further development input for the Ducati Desmosedici GP13 bike, together with test-rider Michele Pirro.
During the three days, several new components on the chassis side of the ‘laboratory’ bike were tested successfully and everything went according to expectations. In addition the riders tested some different electronic strategies and they also went according to plan, leaving the team satisfied with the outcome. The success of both of these solutions indicate that the Ducati Team is working in the right direction, in what is just the first phase of its development programme for this year.
“It was a very useful test to learn more about my new bike. I did many kilometres on a track that we will return soon, so it was three important days. I want to thank Ducati, the team and Bernard (Gobmeier) for this opportunity, which will certainly come in useful this pre-season.”
He continued: “It is a bike that I have to understand, as for the time being its behaviour is a little difficult, but I’m not worried because I trust in the people who are working on this project.”
The next appointment for the Ducati Team and Pramac Racing Team riders will be next week in Sepang (Malaysia) at the second round of official pre-season tests, scheduled for February 26-28.
Press release courtesy of Ducati