MotoGP

Ducati finish day two second and fifth

Significant improvements with some components of the GP14.3

ANDREA Dovizioso placed the Desmosedici GP14.3 second after day two of the first official 2015 MotoGP test in Sepang, while Andrea Iannone finished fifth.

The morning saw ideal weather conditions in which Dovizioso took only 20 minutes to place himself at the top of the standings on soft tyres. However, the afternoon saw track temperature increase and major improvements were ruled out.

Lorenzo broke the two-minute barrier, relegating Dovizioso’s time of 2:00.015 to second, 52 thousandths of a second behind Lorenzo.

Dovizioso said: 'I am very happy with the pace I did today because we were interested in doing a long-run: we did 15 laps in these extremely hot conditions, and it was important to do some constant laps, which is normally a bit our limit.

'We lapped pretty well, and this shows that the guys back in the factory have been working well in recent months. I’m happy with this morning’s time but not 100% because I wanted to see a time of 1’59 on the dash! I was counting on it, it was an aim of mine here but I just missed out. Hopefully it won’t rain tonight so we can find the track still fast tomorrow.'

No longer a rookie, Andrea Iannone made progress compared to his first day of the Sepang test by completing a time one second faster, setting a best lap of 2:00.391 on a hard compound tyre in the afternoon. The Italian is now placed sixth in the combined times so far.

'I am quite happy with the way the test went today,' Iannone said. 'And in the end we managed to improve a lot our performance from yesterday.

'In addition, I managed to find more feeling with the bike in turn-in, and now under braking I feel a lot safer and I can push harder. Some of the components of the GP14.3 have for sure helped us in this and it’s a very important aspect in view of the race.

'Tomorrow is the third and final day of testing and we can do some more modifications, because I want to improve even more.'

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