The championship is fast approaching with only 3 more test days before things officially get underway in Qatar. The manufacturers are already planning their private tests though, with the regulation allowing them 5 days. Honda has chosen to use 2 at Jerez this coming weekend and now Ducati has also planned a test at the Spanish track.
After the Losail Grand Prix, before leaving for the Argentina-Texas doubleheader, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso will test privately at Jerez. The move is understandable, as the Andalusian track has always proved to be a tough one for the Desmosedici and so the tests are important in order to have a clearer idea as to the progress being made with the Desmosedici.
In addition, as revealed by Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti, the bike won't feature any new aerodynamic developments in Qatar and so it might be useful to test them at a track like Jerez, far from prying eyes.
Ducati will thus use 2 of the precious 5 days it has available for private testing, still untouched also due to the fact that Lorenzo was unable to test last November.