News Racing – Ducati undergo productive test

Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:23 GMT

Mugello sets the scene for Italian team

Following on from a sensational weekend at the Motul Italian Round for the Italian factory, Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati) took to the legendary Italian circuit of Mugello to work through various aspects on his Panigale R.

As the 34 year old continues to make a solid return to the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship paddock, Melandri used his time on track to evaluate chassis and electronic upgrades. He was able to make some comparisons to the bike which took him to a podium finish around Imola, but also worked through some issues.

Completing 105 laps around the Tuscan circuit, the Italian completed the day with a positive feeling:  “It’s been an intense and productive day. We worked a lot on the bike's geometries. In particular, we focused on two areas: the stability under acceleration while upshifting and the front-end feedback in corner entry. I wasn’t particularly satisfied until the end of the day but we were finally able to find a positive feeling in the last few runs. I’d have liked to try some more modifications to the electronics, but it’s OK. We gathered important information to improve our performance in the upcoming races.”

Keep an eye on Melandri’s progress at the next round at the legendary Donington Park next time out, all followed exclusively on the WorldSBK VideoPass.