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rossi_testing_at_mugelloValentino Rossi got the chance today to climb back aboard Ducati’s 2012 prototype at the Mugello circuit. Rossi did 36 laps aboard the GP12 on the final day of testing for the Ducati team.

This is the second time that Valentino Rossi has tested the GP12. The first time Rossi hopped on the GP12 was at Jerez in early April. (You can see the video of that test here.)

“I’m pleased, because it was a positive test,” said Rossi. “We took full advantage of the time we had, because the track and weather conditions were perfect.”

The Mugello track was recently repaved, which gave Rossi a chance to test the new track before the MotoGP heads to the Italian circuit next month. Mugello is also the circuit where Rossi broke his leg last year.

“I liked the new asphalt a lot,” Rossi said. “The surface is smooth, those holes that I knew so well are now gone, and the grip is fantastic. I must say they’ve done a great job, because if it’s possible, riding here at Mugello is now even better than before.

“I’m happy to have come back here to test after my injury last year, because it was a nice feeling and a good day. We started around 11:00 this morning, and we completed sixty laps in all…

“We tested everything that (technical director Filippo Preziosi) had planned to try, and we’re satisfied because, although we’re still at a pretty early stage, we’re going in the right direction.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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