Ducati Tests 1000cc GP12 at Jerez
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Ducati has completed an initial “shakedown” test of its 1000cc GP12 at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. The Italian marque’s longtime MotoGP
test rider Vittoriano Guareschi led the Thursday festivities, along with Franco Battaini. Claiming positive results from the first track run, the testing duo will step aside tomorrow for Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi will contribute his feedback of the new 1000cc GP12 after his first impression this Friday at Jerez.
Rossi scored a fifth-place result at the recent Jerez GP, where he generated much controversy having crashed out rival Casey Stoner on Lap 8 of the 27-lap affair. Teammate Nicky Hayden
, will get his crack at the GP12 on Saturday after returning to Spain following a promotional gig in Germany. The Kentucky Kid stormed to his second-ever podium for Ducati
at Jerez, finishing third in a race notable for its wet conditions and numerous crashes.
MCUSA’s MotoGP Insider first reported the impending 1000cc testing plans in our Jerez GP Insider column (MotoGP 1000cc Track Testing Approaches
is the first to make a track testing debut with the upcoming return to 1000cc bikes in 2012. Honda’s testing plans for the replacement of its RC212V were dashed by the Tohoku Quake. Yamaha is expected to get its 2012 bike on the testing track sometime in July.