The second day of testing at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar, ended with a precious ninth place for Scott Redding as Danilo Petrucci – following a good start – crashed at turn 12 loosing some confidence and finishing in 14th.
A light rain and a strong wind characterized the first part of the session during which many crashes have occurred. Then the circuit conditions are significantly improved allowing riders to work at their best.
After the good sensations of the first day, Scott has made further progress with his Ducati Desmosedici GP 2016. In the last run of his daily program the British rider went out on track for a time attack gaining a valuable 9th place with a time of 1:55.353.
After devoting the first testing day to the development of the Ducati Desmosedici GP 2017, Petrux began working on the set up of his bike. Following a good start, the rider of Fiamme Oro occurred in a crash without consequences, as a result loosing a bit of confidence.
14th – Danilo Petrucci – 1’55.680
“I am not happy with how things went today. At first the circuit conditions were not optimal and I struggled to find the right feeling. We started to try something new but the crash has forced me to stay long at the box taking off even a little confidence. Tomorrow we will try a long run to get ready for the race. I am sure that we can do better. I just have to find some confidence back.”.
9th – Scott Redding – 1’55.353
“It has been a very good day. Things went well yestarday and it was an important basis because we worked a lot on the feeling with the front end. Today I found confidence from the first lap, I had the feeling that the direction was the right one. We have also managed to improve the corner speed and this was an important thing. For the first time in these winter testing I feel this is my bike again.”.