Originally Posted by AntiHero
Nicky apparently took the lead/follow very seriously, and promptly rode away from everyone. Pretty f'in funny.
Pretty f'in clever, actually. The Ducati guys were facing a serious potential disadvantage compared to Honda (3 days @ COTA) and Yamaha (2 days @ COTA) due to their private testing. Getting 30 or so laps on the hottest Panigale, while not being a MotoGP bike, helps to offset the deficit. Even the smallest of advantage gained is still an advantage.