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Valentino Rossi rides the Ducati GP12 for the first time, at JerezValentino Rossi took his first laps aboard the Ducati GP12 Friday morning on the Andalusian circuit in Jerez de la Frontera on a day that was sunny and warm (29Â° air, 41Â° track; 84Â° and 106Â° Fahrenheit, respectively), with the only imperfection being a strong wind.
Valentino Rossi took his first laps aboard the Ducati GP12 Friday morning on the Andalusian circuit in Jerez de la Frontera on a day that was sunny and warm (29Â° air, 41Â° track; 84Â° and 106Â° Fahrenheit, respectively), with the only imperfection being a strong wind.
Vittoriano Guareschi, who had worn his riding leathers on Thursday, today looked after Valentinoâ€™s test, participating together with Filippo Preziosi in all of the mini-briefings between the various runs. Meanwhile, Franco Battaini carried out a test of the GP11, working with the electronics and chassis settings.
â€śIâ€™m happy,â€ť Valentino Rossi said after the test. â€śI like the GP12. In my opinion, itâ€™s more enjoyable, more fun to ride. It was the first time we had it on the track, so we had some work to do, but the engine is nicer. Itâ€™s a lot of fun, and you can do some nice slides. Itâ€™s the bike weâ€™ll ride next year, so it was very importantâ€”and also very niceâ€”to be among the first to take it on the track.â€ť
â€śWe chose to have our factory ridersâ€”today Vale, tomorrow Nickyâ€”try the bike beginning with its first test, because we think their feedback is essential for starting us on the right path for the early development,â€ť Filippo Preziosi said. â€śTo be able to work with Vale for a full day is more than any technician could ask. We gathered considerable feedback that weâ€™ll translate into further design and development for next yearâ€™s bike. The positive thing is that the technical choices made for the GP12 in the initial planning phase, in 2010â€”and Iâ€™m referring primarily to the engine, which is still a big-bang, and to the rear endâ€”were endorsed by Valentino. This gives us great satisfaction, and weâ€™re optimistic about the work that still remains to be done. We know that our competitors are also working hard and developing their 2012 bikes, but that just makes the challenge better.â€ť
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