|Tyre wear has been a problem for all, today
The first day of the official IRTA test from Jerez was a virtual washout. Factory Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso sit in 7th and 10th respectively, as they continue the development programme of the Desmosedici GP13.
Hayden and Dovi continued to ride the same bike as they had for the previous IRTA tests from Sepang, last month. All the while, the official test rider, Michelle Pirro continued his progression with the ‘Laboratory Desmosedici’, rounding off just shy of 50 laps around the Andalucian circuit, finishing fifth in the standings.
Hayden took to the track after lunch, testing more electronic updates and different setups, not to mention a personal check on how his wrist is holding up, after the ‘small procedure’ the American had at the beginning of the month. After 20 laps set in the afternoon, Hayden finished roughly 2 seconds off Lorenzo’s time with a 1m 49.643s lap. “Of course the rain was a big factor, especially this morning, but I was able to get on the track this afternoon. I wanted to check a few things with the electronics and get some track time here on the bike that has the revised weight distribution. I didn’t want to do many exits today because we only have four sets of rain tyres for the three days, and this track uses them up quickly. We made a few small changes, and each time the feeling was a little better. My wrist was a bit stiff when I first went out, but I had no numbness or pain, at least in the wet. Hopefully we’ll get some dry track time over the next two days, because we’d also like to work on a setup for the race when we come back here in May.”
Despite going out on track throughout the day, overall completing 22 laps, Dovizioso finished over half a second behind his team mate. “I went out this morning in order to get a better feeling in the rain, and there was really a lot of it at first. I wasn’t worried about the lap times because it was my first time in the wet with the GP13. We only have four sets of rain tyres to try in three days, so we couldn’t do all the testing we wanted or even try and go for a quick time. Because I rode this morning, I only had one tyre for this afternoon, and when the conditions were faster, I did my best time with a used tyre. Anyway, today’s times aren’t really a reference. We also did some tests to improve with the electronics, but unfortunately today we couldn’t do a real evaluation because of the weather conditions.”
The Jerez test continues tomorrow, where hopefully the weather will be a little drier, allowing more thorough testing for all the riders present.