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Valentino Rossi back in Dainese leathers for GP12 test

Article posted: 27/05/2011 11:57:35
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Ducati have been testing their GP12 with Valentino Rossi.Ducati have been testing their GP12 with Valentino Rossi.

Valentino Rossi was back in his Dainese leathers this week to take a second look at the 2012 Desmosedici MotoGP.

Racing's premier class returns to 1,000cc engines from the 800cc models currently used from next season, so the teams have been given eight days of testing for their prototypes.

Rossi pulled on his Dainese leathers to put the bike and its Ohlins race products through its paces last month, and was back on track at Mugello this week to give it another go.

The nine-time champion was pleased with the outcome of a "positive" test, in which he managed sixty laps, while he was also pleased with the new asphalt at the track.

He 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."

Rossi secured his first podium with Ducati in the last race at Le Mans.