The inconsistency of the Ducati Desmosedici was on vivid display on the first day of practice for Sunday’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Ducati Marlboro’s Nicky Hayden was third fastest in the morning, and only 0.547 seconds off the pace of leader Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda). But in the afternoon he was down in ninth, just in front of teammate Valentino Rossi, and 1.614 seconds from pace-setter Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda.
In the morning the track conditions were much worse, with dirt on the surface and wet patches. By the time the afternoon session began, the track was dry, the surface warm, and there was much more rubber laid down. How this played into the Ducati’s faults is anyone’s guess, but they clearly had more trouble in FP2.