DIFFICULT DAY 1 FOR DUCATI TEAM RIDERS IN CATALUNYA GP FREE PRACTICE

The two Ducati Team riders, Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, and test-rider Michele Pirro, entered in the Spanish race as a wild-card, struggled more than expected today at the Montmelo circuit, where the first two free practice sessions for the GP of Catalunya were held.

After a difficult first session, both Dovizioso and Crutchlow slightly improved their times in the afternoon: the Italian finished the day in tenth place with a time of 1`42.812, while his British team-mate lapped in 1`43.725 to finish back in fifteenth place.

Michele Pirro was unable to improve in the warmer afternoon conditions, and he ended up in 14th place, with a time slightly quicker than that of Crutchlow.

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Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) 10th (1`42.812)
“I am quite happy because we managed to improve on this morning`s set-up. This afternoon the conditions were more difficult because there was less grip with the hot weather (50° C track), but we got a bit closer to the leaders. I didn`t do a great lap with the soft tyre, because at the front I had fitted a harder used one. But I managed to get into the top 10 and that`s positive.”

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) 15th (1`43.725)
“Obviously today I`m not very happy with the situation, we`ve made hardly any improvement and my Desmosedici GP14 had very little grip. We need to improve tomorrow, but for the moment it`s difficult because we still have the same problem in that we cannot turn the bike the way we want to. I think Dovi is in the same boat, but he is just able to do a faster lap time than me at the moment.”

Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51) 14th (1`43.624)
“Today we tried various things with my GP14, but in the end I was not able to improve on this morning`s time with the warmer track. Tomorrow we`ll try and work on the set-up and make another step, and I feel sure we can make some progress.”

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