About the only time the Ducati Desmosedici GP11 was competitive last year was during wet sessions and races. This trend lead to one of Valentino Rossi’s more humorous sayings of the season: that in order to win a race on the GP11, it would have to snow. Well Rossi and his teammate Nicky Hayden may have finally gotten the break they needed, as the Ducati Corse crew has outfitted the two-up Desmosedici with studded tires for the Wrooom media event taking place this week at Madonna di Campiglio ski resort.
Careful to avoid running afoul of the winter testing ban by using the two-up Desmo that’s normally reserved for Randy Mamola, Rossi and Hayden got to try out some of their cold-weather settings today, just in case inclement weather hits one of the eighteen races during the 2012 season.
Rossi is reportedly happy with the full-snow Bridgestones, but the nine-time World Champion was cautious about tires’ performance should conditions warm up mid-race. Hayden echoed Rossi’s sentiment, though was still upset about having to ride on the pillion after a brutal game of rock-paper-scissor.