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Undertaking a two-day scheduled session on the Mugello circuit, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were met at the Italian track by--you guessed it, wet conditions on the first attempt.
Fortunately sunshine broke through at mid-morning the first day, drying the track and allowing for just over four hours of update testing.
On the first day Rossi completed 55 laps and Hayden took 52 as they worked on various configurations of the chassis, engine and electronics.
Day two was a lot better, as the sun shone on both riders for the entire day; there was a single break when temps were at their highest, the team reported. Rossi and Hayden accumulated 76 and 81 laps, respectively, continuing their first-day work and adding evaluations of a new aluminum swing-arm.
The next Ducati Team test is scheduled for 4 June in Barcelona the day after the next Grand Prix, followed two days later by another outing at Aragon, in order to make up the day lost to bad weather in Portugal.
Team manager Filippo Preziosi considered the Mugello two-day session "a very useful test, because we were able to gather interesting information on the different areas of the bike for which we had planned a robust test program. We worked on different configurations of the electronics, the engine and chassis, including an aluminum swing-arm.
"Now we want to go to other tracks," Preziosi explained, "which is exactly what we'll do in Barcelona and Aragon, to test the validity of the solutions we've found, in order to understand if we've effectively taken a small step in the right direction."