Andrea Dovizioso promotes the GP20 prototype tested in Valencia. New on frame, engine and maxi-codon. Honda in the wake of the Ducati …
At Ducati, they have high expectations for the GP20 prototype, which receives positive feedback from Andrea Dovizioso. Maximum attention on the frame, but several "invisible" updates on which maximum restraint applies. One thing is certain: in these MotoGP winter tests the hawk's eyes of the adversaries are careful to scrutinize every minimum move of others. And a fall (like that of Marc Marquez on the first day of testing) turns into a photo shoot.
The Red of Borgo Panigale has brought a new maxi codon for the Desmosedici. First Jack Miller, then Andrea Dovizioso took to the track with this supposed vibration damper that should guarantee more grip and stability to the rear. A detail that Ducati has been working on for some time and others are trying to copy. The balance sheet of the two-day test in Valencia is positive for the Red men. The chassis-evolution could guarantee small steps forward in the middle of the curve. "Dovizioso worked with the new chassis, even Petrucci is satisfied despite having done a few laps, Jack equally. We carried the used tires to get to the race laps – summarized Davide Tardozzi to Sky Sport MotoGP -. We think we have made a small step forward, in the next tests we will take another step, but we don't know how big compared to our opponents".
Ducati continues to teach during the tests. Michele Pirro has traveled extensively with a datron, a tool also available to other teams. But on the maxi codon the Emilian team seems to represent the avant-garde. "Some things are inside but you can't see what's there – added Davide Tardozzi -. Someone has understood something, I see that Honda is moving in that direction. They realized that something needs to be done to fix some details …". But not only cycling and arodynamics. The Ducati technicians also worked on the engine: "We have changed a little something – commented Andrea Dovizioso -. At Ducati there is always the desire to upgrade the engine. And they are very good at it".