The first day of official Irta test at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia, came to an end with the superb sixth place gained by Danilo Petrucci while his team-mate Scott Redding could not find the right feeling with his Ducati Desmosedici GP and had to settle for 20th.
Danilo Petrucci was able to work with great intensity completing 87 laps with the two Ducati Desmosedici GP 2017. After bringing forward the work of development and having set very interesting times on race pace, the rider from Terni got back on track for the last run of the day and managed to notch up a time of 1:30,262 which allowed him to finish in sixth place just 3/10 from a hypothetical front row.
Also Scott Redding worked hard on the set up of his Ducati Desmosedici Gp 2016. The British rider completed 59 laps in total but failed to solve the problem of lack of feeling at the rear that did not allow him to find the ideal conditions to exploit a time attack.
6th – Danilo Petrucci – 1:30.262
I am very satisfied with this first day of testing. We worked with the right approach and with two bikes available we had the possibility to focus a lot on the race pace. In the end I managed to make even a good lap with the new rubber. To close an intense day of work with a good lap time is a reward for the team too.
20th – Scott Redding – 1:31.755
Unfortunately things did not go as hoped. I could not find the feeling on the rear and this hasn’t allowed me to have confidence in corner entry, especially in the fast corners. We need to improve in this and we have much work to do. But this is a normal thing during testing..
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