Last year everybody suffered on straights compared to Honda, this year, Ducati came up with the top gun!
Not fastest in time tables, but fastest at the end of the straight line, three Ducati riders had the top speed better then Stoner's Honda and not by little, Hayden (338.8 kmh), Barbera (338.3 kmh) and Rossi (337.4 kmh); Stoner did 336.3. So, at least we know that Ducati has a strong engine. Now, remains the control, electronics, front end problems, chattering. Today Rossi lapped almost all the day with the hard tire and the race setup. Barbera was the fastest Ducati in the field.
“As the track is cleaning up, we’re getting more grip, but in a way that’s hurting us since I’m also getting more chatter. When that happens, I can’t keep my lean angle, and I run wide, especially in the flat corners. We tried some different springs but haven’t found the right solution yet. Chatter is so strange and inconsistent sometimes, but we’ll have a look at the data and do our best to sort it out. My pace isn’t great, but although I’m not thrilled with how the day went, the bike is certainly doing well on top speed, which is going to be important in the race.”
“Today went pretty well, and I’d say that the last session was the best. The position is nothing fantastic, but on the positive side, I’m very consistent with the hard tyre. The front of the bike is giving more feedback, so I can push more, which is very important, and the bike is very fast at the end of the straight. The understeer is still there, but now I think we have a place from which to work. We hope to improve two or three small things with the setting for tomorrow, and we’ll try to qualify on the second row.”