The second official MotoGP test of the 2017 preseason has started today at Phillip Island circuit. In sunny and warm conditions Hector Barbera and Loris Baz have had a busy day on the Australian track today. Although the temperature was almost perfect, the wind has made live difficult for the riders though the fast turns of Phillip Island.
Hector Barbera still trying to find good feeling with the front end of his Ducati Desmosedici GP16, but he struggled during the first day in Australia. The Spanish rider suffered a minor crash trying to find the limit and finished the day 1.2s from the top.
Loris Baz had a small technical issue in the morning, but his team worked hard to find the problem and in the afternoon he was trying different settings in his Desmosedici GP15. At the moment the bike is so demanding and he need to make it easy to ride.
Hector Barbera | 1'30.771 | P13
“We continue as in Sepang, I can not find the confidence with the front and I’m not able to push harder. We have tried many things with the geometries of the bike, but at the end, when I’m in the corner, I have no confidence and I have to release the brake. I crashed again for that reason, and as soon as I push a little bit more, I can feel that I’m going to crash. We have to keep working and we have several new things to try tomorrow, we have a different fork, that can help us find the way. One second gap is not too much, and we didn’t use a soft tyre at the end. Right now the lap times are not important, the target is to get confidence with the bike, and this is something I’m missing from the first day with this bike.”
Loris Baz | 1'31.249 | P18
“Today was a normal day. In the morning we had an issue with the bike and we didn’t find the problem until lunch time. At this track the bike is quite difficult and we have been working hard to improve the set up. But it seems all Ducatis are struggling a little bit at this circuit. We have to keep working in the next two days because I think we have several good directions to try, and then we will see if we can find the right one. We need to make a big step that allows us to make the bike easier in a long run, because right now the bike is very demanding and complicated to ride.”