News 15 Apr 2010

WSBK: Ducati's Fabrizio solves brake woes in Mugello test

Fabrizio was suffering from brake inconsistency at Valencia.

Fabrizio was suffering from brake inconsistency at Valencia.

Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio and his technical team concluded a two-day test session at the Mugello circuit this afternoon, deeming the test a success after a frustrating weekend at Valencia’s third round of the Superbike World Championship last weekend.

Having suffered from apparent brake inconsistency during last weekend’s Valencia races, the Italian’s squad has spent the last two days working to resolve these issues in time for the next round at Assen, in 10 days time.

During the Mugello test, Fabrizio’s 1198 was equipped with specific sensors which analyzed the front brake’s performance and gave a much clearer picture as to where the problem lay. The team subsequently tried various solutions with regard to the brake pump and front caliper and in the end identified an alternative configuration that seemed to resolve the problem, renewing his confidence with the bike.

“It’s gone really well here,” he explained. “My technical team were able to identify the problem I’d had at Valencia almost immediately and once the necessary changes were made to my front brake, I felt more confident with my 1198. I’m really happy and am now looking forward to getting back on track at Assen.”

Having regained feeling with the front brake, Fabrizio and his technicians made other refinements to the set-up of the 1198, to build the rider’s confidence still further.

Lap times were good and consistently fast, with a best time of 1:52.6 on a race tyre.

“This test has definitely led to a change for the better, a rider’s confidence is all about his performance,” said Ernesto Marinelli, Ducati Xerox team manager. “I’m very pleased that the problem with the brake has been identified and resolved and I am also convinced that in Assen we will see Michel back on form, performing at the top level and reaffirming his talent.”

Before lunch Fabrizio was suffering from a severe groin pain and, satisfied with the work done up until then, he preferred to conclude testing early in order to seek medical advice and rest so as to be in good shape for the next race at Assen.