The Jerez test has come to an end and it was Andrea Dovizioso who had set the fastest lap time of 1m 37.663s. Following him was Cal Crutchlow, who was 0.155s slower. The third spot was occupied by Dovi’s teammate, Lorenzo. He was 0.258s behind Dovi.
Ducati has been doing some changes in its GP17 bike. A few new parts were tried during the test in Valencia but, apparently, there weren’t that useful. Even in Jerez, according to Dovi, the new parts didn’t help him to go faster. It was the new asphalt of the track that helped him to set the fastest lap.
Dovizioso says, “We have a few things to try just to fix the 2018 bike. But we didn’t have a lot of stuff. It was good to test in Jerez because there is a new asphalt and the track changed a lot. It is much faster. We did a really good lap time. It was nice to ride in this condition. But apart from that we just compared a few things. We tried everything we wanted to. Now we will start the winter break. We improved a little bit, but not our limit and our limit started from a long time, we never really fixed it, is the turning. So what happened at Phillip Island, a track where you don’t have to use a lot of brake, the bike doesn’t turn as good as the competitor and we have to be focussed on that. Still the turning is our negative point and where we have to improve more. Apart from that our base is quite good, depends on which track, but our bike is quite good with the tyres and the electronics are quite good. So mainly I believe it’s the turning.”
Dovi won 6 races in the 2017 MotoGP season. He’s a talented rider and nearly took the championship to his name. With his spectacular performance, he has raised our expectations from him for the next season.
The testing season for 2017 is over and riders will take rest for the winters. The testing will restart from early next year and we’re expecting Ducati to finalise its new GP18 bike by then and, perhaps, we’ll spot it at Sepang in January.