Dovizioso finished up fourth-fastest on the 3rd and last evening of conducting at Sepang, 0.299s slower than his brand newest factory team mate Danilo Petrucci, together with Pramac pair Francesco Bagnaia along with Jack Miller end up third and second.
While Ducati had suggested it’d wait until the final pre-season test in Qatar to try a refreshed aerodynamic fairing, both Dovizioso and Petrucci were shipped with new bodywork on Friday (pictured above).
“The feeling of this new fairing is great, but I am happy about that,” explained Dovizioso. “Today we did a good laptime, the trail was really fast, a lot of cyclists did particular lap-times, it’s wonderful to view.
“Each year we make the evaluation here so we understand well this path and the laptimes. It’s the first time for me personally, and I am very happy to visit Ducatis on top, that really is fine, to see 1m58s, and a confirmation of the base.
“it does not mean we will be the fastest for your own race as it generally does not demonstrate the reality, the last effect, but I will be happy.”
Whoever he watched as Ducati’s main challengers at this point, Dovizioso responded:”It’s too premature to comprehend that, it’s not possible to understand the Hondas as the cyclists [Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow] were not in good form.
“I think the Yamaha is somewhat better and the two riders begin somewhat better than last year so I expect them a bit stronger from the start and [Alex] Rins I presume is very fast, but it’s too premature .”
Dovizioso added that Petrucci’s unofficial fresh record time didn’t come for himconsidering the condition of the Sepang track .
“We are all astonished at the occasions we did today, but it did not rain for three days so the trail has improved alot,” he explained. “But I am not astounded at Danilo’s time, because he had shown good speed before.
“In this test he functioned tirelessly to work out the way to enhance out of the race perspective, and that’s what matters to him right now. He has more potential than what he’s got shown up to today.”
Petrucci downplayed the significance of his laptime, which transcended the album set by the man he replenishes at Ducati, Jorge Lorenzolast year.
“We are fine to maintain the top ten,” said Petrucci, that crashed along with his new fairing on his outlap and thus did not get chance to sample it correctly.
“I really don’t [understand ] if it is enough to the podium because Valentino [Rossi], if you remember the previous year race, he was absolutely extraordinary.
“Rins is very fast once the conditions are hot, Marquez [there’s] no requirement to talk [about]. So for the top five remains laptime and hard fighting doesn’t count too far.
“As an example I did an excellent laptime however, the conditions were so good. Luckily the race will soon probably be in November, so we’ve some time for work, but at the present time the newest condition could be your weakest point for all of us .”
Ducati Team, danilo Petrucci
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