Ducati declared themselves happy with their days work at Sepang, as they contine to evaluate the new 2018 Desmosedici.
Both riders were later out on track today due to the damp conditions, and had a full schedule of parts and settings to test. Lorenzo posted the fourth best time of 1:59.498, with Dovizioso in eighth with a time of 1:59.732.
Ducati have a new 2018 version of their Desmosedici bike here in Sepang, after a private test last week. Regular test riders Casey Stoner and Michele Pirro gave the new bike it’s first test , before the factory riders.
Speaking after the test, Lorenzo said:
Today we were competitive again and I’m very happy about that. We sorted out a few details, tested some new components and settings and in the end improved both our lap time and our pace. I also believe we still have room for more improvement and, when we get a better idea of some things, I think we’ll be able to express all the potential of the new Desmosedici GP, which is very high.
I’m satisfied with the work we did today and the sensations I had with the new bike, even though in the afternoon unfortunately we were unable to complete all the tests that had been scheduled. Also last year we proved that we were very competitive here at Sepang, so now we have to getter a better understanding of how much room for improvement we have with the 2018 bike, and it’ll be vitally important to verify the positive aspects on the next tracks we go to and in different conditions.