Dovi: "We did our best work so far", Hayden also progressing

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The second day of testing at Sepang saw a similar story to that of yesterday, with both factory Ducati riders in 8th and 9th, this time with Hayden 0.025s ahead of Dovizioso.

With the weather having cleared up from day one, both riders had the opportunity to continue with their development of the Desmosedici, both noting progress, despite the 1.5s gap to the front which Ducati are all too familiar with. However, the 2 riders found themselves not far behind the likes of Bradl and Bautista, and nearly 8 tenths ahead of Pramac Ducati rider, Andrea Iannone.

Hayden, who seemed somewhat inspired after day one, completed 69 laps with a best time of 2m 1.778s, which was set on lap 63. This time was well over a second quicker than what he managed on the first day. The American has once again said that he’s had a better feeling with the Desmosedici, with consistency also improving. “The good weather helped us to do a full day, and although it wasn’t easy, we did a good step. We tried some things with the fork that really helped smooth out the bumps, and I had improved feeling and much better consistency. Our gap to the front is still big, but we’ll keep pushing and working and trying to reduce that as much as possible. Tomorrow we’ll keep going in the same direction we went today. Hopefully the track will be really good and fast in the morning so that we can get some good work done.”

Andrea Dovizioso set his fastest time of 2m 1.803s on lap 16 of 49, thus the Italian spent the majority of the day ahead of his team mate on the time sheets. Despite dropping a place and the gap to the front increasing again, Dovi improved on yesterday’s lap time by just shy of a second. He was still rather up beat come tea time, exclaiming what a productive day it had been for he and his crew. “It was a good day because we did our best work so far, in terms of both the quantity of work and the information we obtained. We really tried a lot of things with the setup, making big changes in order to understand the situation. Some of the adjustments improved the feeling, so they enabled me to brake a bit harder. Although the times were nothing special, in my opinion they’re not so bad, even with used tyres. We must continue working as we try to identify what we can do to improve some aspects, but we’re making progress.” 


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