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Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden ready to return to action with the Ducati GP12The Ducati Team riders were the stars of the first day of Wrooom 2012 at Madonna di Campiglio, with Nicky Hayden first to â€śtake to the trackâ€ť and answer questions from the international press in attendance. The American, who is recovering well enough from his injured left scapula that he has already removed his sling, then passed the baton to a pleased Valentino Rossi, who is motivated to get back in the saddle and start winter testing in just over two weeks.
Nicky Hayden, â€śso Iâ€™ve been able to remove the sling right on schedule. Here at Madonna di Campiglio, Iâ€™m starting to do a little training on a stationary bicycle under the supervision of the team physiotherapist, with the goal of being ready for the Sepang test (31 January â€“ 2 February) as strong as possible. I canâ€™t wait to ride the GP12, because it will be my first time ever. I wasnâ€™t able to try it in the post-race test at Valencia, and I definitely wonâ€™t miss the next chance. I never made any secret that I prefer the new displacement to the 800s, although I think things will be much different than in 2006, beginning with the tyres, and the electronics have also come a long way. Weâ€™ll have more power, and weâ€™ll have to find the right balance between controlling it while still taking as much advantage of it as we can. Iâ€™ve stayed in contact with Filippo (Preziosi) and the guys in the Ducati Corse department over the winter, and I know theyâ€™ve worked really hard. Weâ€™ll have a lot of things to try at Sepang. I know it wonâ€™t be easy, but Iâ€™m also confident that we can start to reduce the gap between now and the first race at Qatar. I believe in Ducati, this project and Filippo, and I want to get back on my Ducati as soon as possible.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re starting with a different spirit,â€ť Valentino Rossi began with a smile. â€śWhen I came to Wrooom, I was still healing from my shoulder operation, and after that, the season didnâ€™t go at all like weâ€™d hoped. For this year, Filippo (Preziosi) designed a different bike, and theyâ€™ve made a big effort at Ducati to have it in time for the start of the winter tests. I visited the factory and saw it on a computer, and itâ€™s beautiful. Weâ€™re not expecting it to be immediately perfect at Sepang, but rather to understand if weâ€™ve worked in the proper direction. Weâ€™re very realistic, and our goal is to reduce the gap to our competition, step by step, working in a logical way, and from there to be able to refine the details in order to be competitive and to try and win. One of the most important things for going fast is to make the tyres work as they're able to, so together with Filippo, weâ€™ve tried to come up with a bike that will let them perform as well as possible. Weâ€™ll see if weâ€™ve managed it. I like working with Ducati. I feel good here because thereâ€™s a nice atmosphere and we all have faith.â€ť
Wrooom continues tomorrow with the press conference for Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse General Manager, who will go into detail on the bikeâ€™s development and the technical program that will allow the Desmosedici GP12 to confront the new MotoGP season as well as possible.
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