Ducati Press Release: Testing And Promo Work Concludes For Ducati MotoGP Team In Jerez

Along with the World Superbike teams, Ducati's MotoGP team were also testing at Jerez, taking advantage of the unlimited testing allowed under the late MotoGP rule change. Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow spent two days at the Andalucian track, working on electronics and shooting a promotional video for the team. The riders now pack up and head to Texas, for the Austin GP on the 13th April. The press release issued by Ducati appears below:

Ducati Team testing at Jerez conditioned by bad weather

Two days of testing planned by the Ducati Team at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Andalusia, Spain concluded this afternoon earlier than scheduled.

Today’s changeable weather conditions, following overnight rain, did not allow the track to dry out completely, and as a result the riders and the team were unable to take full advantage of the time available in preparation for the Jerez MotoGP race, which will be held on this circuit from 2 to 4 May.

Neither Crutchlow and Dovizioso, who yesterday afternoon were also involved in shooting a promotional video, recorded significant lap times in the two days, but they were able to confirm to Borgo Panigale engineers that the “full-factory” electronics fitted to their Desmosedici GP14 machines after the Qatar GP were working correctly.

The next appointment for the Ducati Team will be the Grand Prix of the Americas, the second round of the MotoGP World Championship, which will be held next week from 11 to 13 April at the COTA circuit in Austin, Texas.


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I thought Crutchlow's problem in Qatar was that his bike became confused about its location on the track...? And I also thought the "championship" software (in both basic 2013 and advanced 2014 forms) did not use location-specific settings...? If both those things are true, then gpone.com must be wrong in saying Ducati used the championship software in Qatar.