Just 0.133 of a second separates Andrea Dovizioso from the fastest time on day test of testing at Jerez. The Ducati rider made the most of his time, testing both the GP18 and GP19 and finding good sensations. The overall balance can only be positive, though the Italian is not giving too much away.
“This Ducati has something interesting – begins Andrea - sensations are good, though we need to confirm this at another track. It's not simple of course, but we've been able to make a really good start. It's important to understand what direction to take with the new bike”.
The main aspect remains unchanged though.
“Speed through the turns. The sensations are better, but we're talking about details. We need to decide what to do at Jerez, on an asphalt that is different to that of Valencia. So it's important to have another test before the break”.
Dovizioso displays a quiet confidence.
“Today went better than yesterday, we have some small things to confirm at another track. It's not necessarily a given to find positive aspects in such a short time”.
Alongside Andrea, Danilo Petrucci completes his second day as a factory rider. Andrea continues.
“We've tested various things at the rear, but I don't know whether Danilo did the same. I think I felt some improvement, but I prefer not to say too much for now. As I've said, these are small details, also because the conditions will be different again next week and things can quickly change”.
As for the testing of new elements, Andrea Dovizioso has a clear approach.
“I ask and always want to know what's what before getting on the bike, because when you're on two wheels it's really complicated and hard to understand the differences. It's also true that there are pros and cons to knowing before or after about any new things on the bike, but I think knowing beforehand help you to focus on certain things and feel them more”.
Attention then turns to Bagnaia.
“Pecco has made a very good start but I'm not that surprised about his performance, because the Ducati is balanced and so it's not hard to reach a certain level. He's definitely starting out well though, as has Mir”.
His final comments concern Lorenzo.
“I saw him on the TV and he didn't look bad. Perhaps he's not comfortable with not being able to do what he wants with a new bike, it looks like it's early days. The results of this test counts for little anyway, because the only thing that matters is the feeling with the bike”.