AFTER two days of testing at Misano Ducati will bring a new frame and swingarm for Valentino Rossi when the series moves onto the next round at the same circuit.
Rossi logged 80 laps over the two day test working on chassis updates that he first assessed in the post-race test at Mugello last month.
“We carried out a series of tests with the chassis, and the results were interesting, though they still have to be checked against the other riders,” said Rossi, who will leave Ducati for a return to Yamaha at the end of the season.
"We also worked on the bike’s setup, with the goal of trying to limit the drop in performance that we usually suffer after some laps, as the tyres wear. We had some promising signs there as well, and we’ll check them again in a race context.”
Filippo Prezioso added: “Over these two days with Valentino, we focused on chassis testing. Based on the feedback he provided, we’ll bring a new frame and a new swingarm to the next race. In the meantime, the Corse department will continue working according to the development plan that was established following the June test at Aragon. Over the remainder of the season, the Test Team and the factory riders will have the opportunity to try further chassis evolutions, which are currently being produced.”
Rossi's Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden is looking hopeful for returning to the MotoGP grid for the San Marino GP. The American injured his hand in a fall in qualifying for the Indianapolis GP.