Ducati is keeping a tight lid on the results of the first day of testing at Jerez of the entirely new GP12 that has been rushed in development prior to the official Sepang MotoGP tests beginning later this month. WSB champ Carlos Checa tested the machine along with factory test rider Franco Battaini. No pictures were released, but testing will continue tomorrow. According to Twitter postings by Checa and his mechanic, the speed with which this essentially entirely new machine was developed is unprecedented, but work is progressing well. The focus, as we suspected, is obtaining baseline settings before Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden ride the machine for the first time on January 31 at Sepang.
- January 18, 2012
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