Nicky Hayden sensed a positive thing when conducting debut with the new Ducati motorcycle that uses an aluminum frame, late last week in Jerez. However, the rider recognizes the United States, the mechanics team based in Bologna that still need to work hard to make the Desmosedici GP12 paketan more competitive in the 2012 season.
The 2006 world champion had to undergo tests at Jerez because Valentino Rossi could not take part. Hayden was soon forced to fly from Kentucky to Europe to replace Rossi, who injured his right hand little finger fractures due to falls on the first lap in the Japanese GP, two weeks ago.
Rossi's withdrawal makes Hayden has the first chance to try the motor frame of aluminum, which has been used since the race Rossi at Motorland Aragon, last month. Framework is designed in Bologna and assembled by a factory in England which is a specialist in solving problems FTR flavor on the front-end.
"We tested well and the team worked very hard. We will not know what has been achieved to when we were together with another rider and is on the same track. But, of course we still have a lot of work," said Hayden.
"For the first time, I ride a bike with an aluminum front frame, and they've made a good step, although we have not overcome all the problems. We have many things to try, but it was a good move."
"That's why when Valentino tried to bike, he was so desperate and choose start from pit lane because it is a good step."