The second and final day of MotoGP testing at the Misano World Circuit, which saw the participation of all the riders of the top class in preparation for the San Marino GP here in mid-September, concluded this afternoon at 18h00.
Hot summer weather conditions, with sun on both days and on-track temperatures of 45° C in the early afternoon allowed the teams present to carry out their full work programme without interruption and also test the new tyre options brought to Misano by Michelin.
Second place overall went to Danilo Petrucci, who focussed on set-up work with his Desmosedici GP in the two days and who today completed 71 laps, setting a best time of 1’32.155 on his final exit with an extra-soft rear tyre.
Coming off the back of his bad crash in the British GP last Sunday at Silverstone, Andrea Dovizioso took to the track yesterday in the early afternoon and completed 37 laps. Andrea continued today without any physical problems, completing 81 laps, the best of which was obtained this morning in 1’33.499, and he finished the test in seventeenth place but without using the extra-soft rear.
Also out on track was Michele Pirro with the Desmosedici GP of the Ducati Test Team, who will take part in the Misano race as a wild-card. The Italian set his best time of 1’33.254 this morning and finished the test in fifteenth place.
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 1’32.155 (2nd)
“These were two very important days because in view of the different conditions of the asphalt with less grip, being able to test at the same track we will race on in two weeks’ time allowed us to understand lots of things for the race. We did a lot of interesting tests and I’m satisfied with the work we’ve done even though for sure we’ll have to improve in the race weekend. In any case I’m pleased with my pace and confident about the upcoming GP.”
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 1’33.499 (17th)
“Luckily I managed to do a day and a half of testing and physically I’m OK. In the last few days we did a good job at home: I was able to get back into good shape and here I managed to lap on track, even though I still feel a bit knocked about. It was very important to test here, because we found a track that was quite different to last year, with not so much grip and because there were also all the other riders. We were able to do a lot of interesting tests in view of the race, both with the material available and with the set-up. I’m not entirely satisfied with our speed but it was important to get out on track in this test; we did it so now we’ll prepare well to get ready during the race weekend.”
Michele Pirro (#51 Ducati Test Team) – 1’33.254 (15th)
“In these two days we were able to work on several different aspects, both regarding chassis set-up and the new tyres brought by Michelin, especially in view of the race because of the change in grip of the tarmac. We have a few different ideas and let’s hope that the temperature won’t be as high in two weeks’ time, because for sure cooler temperatures could give us an advantage.”
The Ducati riders will next be out on track, again at the Misano World Circuit, from 13th to 15th September for the San Marino Grand Prix.