While the World Superbike riders were busy at Imola, Ducati’s MotoGP team was making use of their freedom from testing restrictions to try out a few things ahead of the Italian round at Mugello. Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow were present for the factory Ducati team, as was official test rider Michele Pirro, while Andrea Iannone was circulating on the Pramac bike.

The two factory men had a new chassis to test, according to GPOne.com, though the frame was not radically different to the item they have raced so far. The new chassis did have a greater range of adjustment, something which the factory felt was needed as their riders had been operating at the limits of the current frame’s adjustment.

The riders also worked on set up, ahead of the race in two-and-a-half weeks’ time, as well as testing some electronic strategies. Cal Crutchlow also tested a new braking solution, using ducts to cool the calipers. The ducts were a response to braking problems which Crutchlow suffered at Jerez, where he lost all braking power in the early laps of the race, before being forced to pull into the pits.

The ducts are clearly visible in the photo above. The times set by Dovizioso and Crutchlow were respectable, Dovizioso three tenths of his qualifying time at last year’s race, which was good enough for the front row, while Crutchlow as three tenths slower than his teammate.

Also present was Aprilia, in the guise of the ART Open class machine. In the saddle was Max Biaggi, the former 250cc and World Superbike champion taking to the track after an absence of well over a year.

Biaggi tested the ART with carbon brakes and Bridgestone tires, describing it as “a different bike to the RSV4,” the machine that he became World Superbike champion on before retiring. The Italian posted 41 laps, with a fastest time of a low 1’53, according to GPOne.com.






Source: Ducati Corse

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • kampret

    1:53 ??? Still far from 1:47


  • Philkinson

    Speaking of world superbike… Did asphaltandrubber stop caring about wsbk? Haven’t seen a word about the series but it’s been way more entertaining than marquezGP

  • Highside Specialist

    Is it just me or does Cal look like he’s really fighting the bike in those pics? He seems to be muscling it around, rather than riding with it.

  • Gutterslob

    Yeah, wtf’s up with the lack of WSBK coverage? Imola was great. Well, the leader ran away with it but the scraps for the remaining podium places were quite good.

  • smiler

    Supersport and STK1000 were also really great racing.

    I still cannot see why Ducati would need to add ducts to cool the brakes back into their working range because they are failing within three laps.

    Dovi cut the deficit from fron to his place at Jerez almost in half and Audi said it would be 2015 before the GP project was competitive. Knowing the Germans, it will be 2015/01/01.
    Cannot wait to see Cal and Dovi up at the front.