Team SBK Ducati Alstare has concluded an encouraging two-day test session at the Jerez circuit in Spain with the Ducati 1199 Panigale R after disappointing results at last weekend’s racing. Having travelled directly from MotorLand Aragon after Round 2 of the world championship last Sunday, the team’s riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini worked hard with their technicians as they concentrated on refining the set-up of their bikes.
In very warm conditions (32˚C approx), with track temperatures in the region of 55˚C, the team had time to test all of the solutions available in terms of bike set-up, focusing particularly on identifying settings and improving traction in preparation for upcoming races.
Carlos Checa: ‘These were two very important days that we used to better understand the bike’s reactions. The weather helped us this time around too. We worked on different solutions for both the front and rear setting and in the end I’m happy with what we were able to get done. We’ve found a set-up that I like and this is important in order to have a good base from which to start at Assen.’
Ayrton Badovini: ‘This test was key and allowed us to work on the bike and improve sensation. We’ve worked particularly on traction, to sharpen the bike on used tyres and maintain constant grip, which was my main problem at Aragon. We’ve tried different solutions and collected information that will be useful at Assen. I’m pleased with the work we’ve completed and look forward to next week’s races.’
Team SBK Ducati Alstare will be back on track next week at Assen (26-28 April) for the third round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship.
Source: Team SBK Ducati Alstare