Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team. (Photo: Getty Images)

of Italy and Ducati Team. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was just 0.181s from the top of the timesheet on the opening day of the second February test at Sepang.

Dovizioso and teammate Cal Crutchlow took to the track on their Desmosedici GP14 machines to try out the updates brought to Malaysia for these tests and continue development work on the bikes.

After evaluating a number of different set-ups in his 47 laps on the track, Dovizioso found a comfortable feeling towards the end of the day. The Italian rider was able to record his quickest time of 2’01.029s just a few minutes before the end, concluding Wednesday’s session in an encouraging fourth place.

The priority of the Ducati Team at this test is to continue with the development of the GP14, as they aim to finalize their decision to run ‘Open’ class or ‘MSMA’ entries in 2014.

Dovizioso commented, “We started the day when the grip on the track was not particularly good. We did some laps in the morning, but then worked better in the afternoon when the track improved. The first day was positive, because with what we tested we were able to improve the bike, both in the electronics and in set-up.”

“We didn’t have much new stuff to try, just different set-ups that seemed to work well. I had a really good feeling towards the end of the day, when I put on a good tyre on my final exit and managed to set a good time. Even though the times are not to be considered a reference point, I’m still pretty pleased with the improvement we made today.”

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