Valentino Rossi starts new Ducati era

Valentino Rossi starts his Ducati MotoGP career in testing at Valencia – rides both ‘big bang’ and ‘screamer’ engine.
After seven years at Yamaha, Valentino Rossi began a new era with Ducati at Valencia on Tuesday.

Delayed by morning rain, Rossi left the pits on a black Desmosedici bearing his famous 46 at 12:20 local time.

It marked the start of a new adventure in which the Italian will try to become the first rider in history to lift the premier-class crown for three different manufacturers.

Rossi rode for a total of 56 laps, with a best lap time of 1min 33.882sec.

That put him tenth out of the 17 riders and compares with his best Yamaha lap from Sunday’s race, which he finished third, of 1min 32.970sec. The overall best lap time on Tuesday was 1min 32.012sec, by Rossi’s former team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

As rumoured, seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi tried both a ‘big bang’ and ‘screamer’ engine.

Rossi used a ‘big bang’ Desmosedici GP11 for virtually the entire day, as he worked on geometry and other settings, then made one final run on the ‘screamer’ version.

Rossi raced with a ‘big bang’ engine throughout his Yamaha career, and Ducati also used the technology in 2010, but are prepared to switch back to the even-firing screamer if the Italian prefers it.


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