Dovizioso coy about pace on Day 2 at Jerez

Dovizioso is keen to highlight today may be a one off

Photo: Ducati

Ducati new-boy Andrea Dovizioso has been keen to point out that despite putting his Ducati Desmosedici GP13 into 5th place, only 7 tenths from fastest man Valentino Rossi, tomorrow will probably be a very different story. The second day at Jerez got off to a wet start, however as the sun came out the track started to dry and all riders managed to put some decent laps in. However as Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa have noted, conditions were still far from perfect as the rain left the track quite dirty.

Today the Ducati duo were working on the weight distribution of the GP13 and with Ducati looking for improvements prior to the first round at Qatar both Dovizioso and Hayden both tried a new fairing today at Jerez looking for aerodynamic improvements.

The Italian said “Looking at the result, you could certainly say the gap of seven tenths isn’t bad, but you can’t really refer to the times because it will probably be dry tomorrow and the track will be faster. Today we did a number of tests with the setup, and I’m curious to see what we can do tomorrow. Anyway, there are a number of aspects we have to work on because we’re still behind.”

Hayden, finished the day in 10th over a second behind his team mate: “We finally got a couple of good hours of track time. It was a bit windy, but the track dried up and grip was okay. I was struggling with the wind in the fast corners, and those are important at Jerez. We tried the different fairing, and it helped a little in the wind, but in the fast corners I didn’t have as good a feeling in the front. Things didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, though my hand was a little better in the dry than I had expected. It was a little weak, but I was able to ride 35 laps with no drama.”

Ducati test rider, Michele Pirro was 15th. Testing continues tomorrow. 

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