Ducati’s MotoGP project manager, Alessandro Cicognani, has been talking to Gazzetta dello Sport about Valentino Rossi’s first official Ducati test after the MotoGP of Valencia.
Cicognani publically thanked Lin Jarvis and the Yahama team for allowing Rossi to test, saying – “The truth is we had expected this solution, considering the fine relationship we have had with Yamaha over the past months and in particular with Lin Jarvis, who in any case I want to thank. Nowadays we don’t have unlimited testing like in the past, so it seems fairer for everyone to start in the same conditions for a new adventure.”
Vittoriano Guareschi, the Ducati Team manager stated that he had been working on the assumption for weeks that Rossi would be given the all-clear from Yamaha to test.
“We have carried on working with the thought that the test would go ahead. So we have been preparing the material for Valencia.
“The 2011 bike won’t be much different from this year’s. I haven’t tried it, but Franco Battaini run it at Mugello last week and did well. How much has it improved? Let’s just say that there’s been an important progress. Our philosophy always aims at speed performance, a bit like Honda.
“Both Rossi and Hayden, as we did last year with the GP10, will have the chance of choosing the engine they prefer. We have prepared different versions of our engine. How many? Let’s say two… well, they are actually three.”
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