Ital­ian firm dom­i­nate two-day test and are on the brink of tak­ing first Mo­togp win in six years

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Front Page - By Si­mon Pat­ter­son MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

Du­cati rid­ers com­pletely dom­i­nated the first ever multi-team test at the new Red Bull Ring in Aus­tria set­ting them up per­fectly to se­cure their first Mo­togp vic­tory since 2010.

Tak­ing to the track along­side most of their op­po­si­tion (with the ex­cep­tion of Rep­sol Honda Ð see page 70) in prepa­ra­tion for next mon­thõs race, the Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer ruled pro­ceed­ings se­cur­ing the top four fastest times. Hard-charg­ing An­drea Ian­none set the bench­mark with An­drea Dovizioso sec­ond, but it was of­fi­cial test rider Casey Stoner who stunned the op­po­si­tion fin­ish­ing third fastest ahead of bit­ter ri­val Valentino Rossi in fifth.

Even be­fore any of the teams had even turned a wheel, the new cir­cuit was pre­dicted to suit the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Des­mosedici thanks to its com­bi­na­tion of slow corners, short ac­cel­er­a­tions and long straights.

Speak­ing after the test, sec­ond place man Dovizioso said: Òthe track has some ag­gres­sive first and sec­ond gear ac­cel­er­a­tion ar­eas and quite long straights, so it is suit­able for the char­ac­ter­is­tics of our bike, and as a re­sult it was quite easy to lap quickly. It was great to be con­stantly quick, even though itõs not one of the big­gest and most spec­tac­u­lar venues, it is in any case in­ter­est­ing to lap on a new cir­cuit.ó

Hav­ing failed to ex­ploit the chances to se­cure vic­tory ear­lier in the sea­son, Dovizioso ad­mit­ted that the Austrian cir­cuit might well bring the Bologna fir­mõs best chance of Grand Prix vic­tory this sea­son.

ÒI am pleased with my Des­mosedici GP on this track, be­cause we can ex­ploit our po­ten­tial to the max­i­mum and I be­lieve that we can be re­ally com­pet­i­tive in the race. Th­ese were two days of very pos­i­tive tests for us, we worked hard on many dif­fer­ent as­pects of the bike, as well as pre­par­ing for the race in the best pos­si­ble way. We have been com­pet­i­tive and we can still im­prove.

Ònow we have to un­der­stand what tyres Miche­lin will bring for the race be­cause it was also an im­por­tant test for them. Here the tyre wear is par­tic­u­larly high be­cause the bike tends to slide about on max­i­mum lean and it spins a lot on the straight, so do­ing an en­tire race dis­tance with­out any prob­lems is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult.ó Q Mo­togp hits the Red Bull Ring on Au­gust 14.

‘I be­lieve that we can be re­ally com­pet­i­tive in the race’ AN­DREA DOVIZIOSO

Ian­none topped the ta­bles at the new track

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