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Rossi concludes Ducati test at Valencia

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Just as was the case on day one, the second and final day of Valencia's post-race MotoGP test was blessed with ideal weather conditions.

Valentino Rossi was among the first riders to get on his bike after the track was opened, and he worked tirelessly with his team and Filippo Preziosi to carry out the tests requested by the engineers, who will continue working on the 2012 project tomorrow in Bologna.

Once again, official test rider Franco Battaini substituted for Nicky Hayden, who has an injured scaphoid in his right wrist, though the American stayed at the track and followed the test from the Ducati Team garage. Hayden will likely undergo a small operation in the coming days to speed up his recovery.

Valentino Rossi, who ended the test sixth fastest, said, "These were two important days of testing because we needed to collect a lot of data for the next few months of work, which will be crucial.

"The positives of this bike are certainly the engine, which I like, and the fact that it handles a bit better than the previous one. It's definitely more fun, in part because you can get sideways more. The frame isn't bad, but it needs work. We have to improve the braking, because I need to brake harder and later, and we need to improve traction under acceleration. Filippo has many ideas, and now we have a little time to apply them before next year's tests."

Technical Director, Filippo Preziosi, added, "We were lucky to have sun and generally much better conditions than what we had over the race weekend, and this allowed us to take full advantage of both test days. Unfortunately, Nicky wasn't able to ride, but at least he'll have plenty of time to recover before the first test at Sepang next year. We asked Valentino, Franco (Battaini) and the other Ducati riders to carry out a series of comparisons between different solutions, as there are still chassis parameters that we have to define for the project we're working on. It has been really hard work, but we've collected a lot of information that we'll now use for the design that we'll be doing in the coming weeks."

MotoGP concludes its 2011 season of racing and testing, and will return to action with the first winter test, planned in Sepang, Malaysia, from January 21 to February 2.

Main Photo: Valentino Rossi
Credit: Ducati

Test Times
1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda 1m 31.807s
2. Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda 1m 31.968s
3. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing 1m 32.338s
4. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m 32.550s
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m 33.256s
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 1m 33.332s
7. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 1m 33.433s
8. Hector Barbera ESP Pramac Racing 1m 33.648s
9. Alvaro Bautista ESP San Carlo Honda Gresini (800cc) 1m 33.814s
10. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda (800cc) 1m 34.142s
11. Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN Repsol Honda 1m 34.546s
12. Franco Battaini ITA Ducati Marlboro 1m 34.840s
13. Carmelo Morales ESP Team Laglisse Suter-BMW (CRT) 1m 35.911s
14. Ivan Silva ESP BQR Inmotec (CRT) 1m 36.695s
15. Yonny Hernandez COL BQR FTR Kawasaki (CRT) 1m 37.279s
16. Federico Sandi ITA Grillini Team Gapam (CRT) 1m 38.680s

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