First laps, first feeling from Jerez!
First steps on the new Ducati V4-R, first team-building test, first laps to help the rider to remove the residual rust from the cold winter months! After so much waiting and so many gossips the masterpiece of engineering from Bologna is on the track! All this happened during the two days of testing just ended at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. The track presented itself with a new and slippery asphalt to be discovered, a factor that has slightly complicated the tests during the first day, but has nevertheless allowed the WorldSbk riders to carry out the pre-set work program!
During the first day of the test, Eugene looked for the right position on the bike, starting to feel the reaction of the powerful V4 in his hands; even the guys, under the watchful eyes of the Ducati’s technician, gave their best to understand the operation and the changes that could be implemented on the Red of Borgo Panigale. Only 35 laps made, as per the initial plan, but the Northern Ireland ace has immediately felt the great potential of our bike: the gearbox and the engine are truly impressive! The latter releases an incredible power that must be managed in the best way to be exploited in each of his horsepower.
On the second day, after having been closer to the top, our first technical components were builded: Bitubo suspension and Galfer brakes. Eugene felt immediately comfortable, confirming the high quality of our partners’ products, even signing the best time of the day in the evening, in conditions of cold asphalt, not optimal, race tyres and full of gas. To conclude, after only two days on the bike at 1.7 from the Kawasaki of Rea is really a good start! The help provided by Ducati technicians was also really important: wonderful people, able to instill all the Ducati racing experience. who explain every little detail with the calm and precision required!
This two days on the Andalusian circuit has given even more confidence to the rider and the team, but the way to the perfect set-up is still long. On 27-28 January in Portimao Team Go Eleven and Eugene Laverty will be on track with all the latest changes to improve the lap time getting closer to the top positions!
Denis Sacchetti (team manager): “It was like the first time with the girl you always dreamed of! Bringing the red of Borgo Panigale to the track is a unique emotion, this is the Ferrari of motorcycles! The first day we focused on getting to know the bike and the rider, Eugene did a great job of preparation for the second day, which we considered the real start of the tests. The initial work was done on the basis provided by Ducati, then we started sewing the bike on Eugene, until the Bitubo suspension and the Galfer brake discs were builded for the first time on a Ducati. Both have given positive feedback, even the best time of the day was set in this configuration, showing that our partners have done an incredible job. For us, the best lap was not important, but we can still be satisfied with our performance, considering that Eugene has never push to make the best time possible “.
Eugene Laverty (rider): “Jerez was a good first test for us to understand the new Ducati V4 R. The potential is very high as the engine has a very linear power curve and the gearbox is very smooth. I am impressed with the stability in the braking area, however we must work on making the rear of the bike more calm in the middle and exit of the corner. This will be our main objective for the upcoming test in Portimao. I’m very happy with Team Go Eleven, already there is a fantastic atmosphere in the pit box.”