Ducati Desmosedici GP12 “EVO” Testing at Mugello

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Testing at Mugello today and tomorrow, Ducati has very discretely (like that could actually happen) begun testing its Desmosedici GP12 “EVO” – a modified version of the GP12 that features an aluminum frame made by FTR. Replacing Ducati’s innovative carbon fiber “frameless” chassis, the twin-spar aluminum frame is an attempt by the Italian factory to bring more front-end feel to its riders (read David Emmett’s analysis of the Desmosedici’s troubles here). Testing today with Franco Battaini, we get these first photos of the Desmosedici GP12 “EVO” (or is it GP12.1?) testing at the Italian track.

Getting feedback and initial setup values from its test rider Battaini today, Ducati is expected to have Valentino Rossi to swing a leg over the new GP12 tomorrow, and give his impressions on the improvement (or lack of improvement) the new chassis brings to Bologna’s MotoGP machine. Unable to test GP11/GP11.1 further, the new chassis is expected to be a 2012 modification, and make its planned public debut at the Valencia test at the end of the 2011 season.

Photos: Mirko Lazzari / Sportmediaset