MotoGP » Q&A: Vittoriano Guareschi (Ducati team manager)

"Even with Valentino at 80% everything is possible" - Vittoriano Guareschi.

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February 23, 2011 8:39 AM

"We also produced one swingarm, one different frame, one different triple clamp - but at this moment he hasn't tried them."
Presumably these are the so called flexibility package and recent reports have Rossi heading in the other direction towards "Ducati settings". Given that they have lost today I wonder when (if ever) these much discussed new bits will be tried by Rossi.
It is increasingly sounding like the GP11 is a straight forward development of the GP10 with no mention of specific solutions to the supposed front end problem apart from adjustments to the riding position ie the same type of changes that made Stoner faster in the last races but didn't stop him from losing the front end.
No wonder the other Ducati riders are struggling and Rossi is well below his usual testing position.

aususa - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 8:40 AM

The clock is ticking for Ducati and time is running out. Their 15 million dollar star is in the hotel and no-one else is even close to the top of the time sheet.

I will never write off Vale but at this point it is not looking good.

When enough's enough - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 8:44 AM

Don't you just hate people who keep saying sorry when they don't mean it.
I wonder why nobody is asking ducat why, despite the avalanche of evidence to the contrary do ducati think the cf frame is the best way to go..
Rossi owns sepang and he's 9th on the duke, that is the bike not the rider..
As of now The suzuki is in front of the only facotry duke out there. Utter rubbish from Presiozi and his crew.
Still think Rossi will be there when it counts but dissapionted that they seem t be falng into the same trap. ie having one fast rider, instead of making the bike user friendly.. bin Presiozi with the cf frame please.. tonight if poss.
Dani will be top honda. I will put good money on it that Casey has spent all day trying to beat Danis time..

Dooooooood - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 8:53 AM

"Rossi owns sepang and he's 9th on the duke, that is the bike not the rider.."
Not if you believe the constant shoulder references.

Stoner left a winning bike, Rossi may just be another in a long list of guys who can't ride it.

Star Trek - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 8:56 AM

No one actually believes the Klingon do they? These are not the reports coming back as what has been tested.
What about the different fairings and winglets for starters.

This comment from Presiosi after Jerez testing:

We were lucky,commented Filippo Preziosi, because the weather conditions enabled us to test for all three days of the session. We identified two setup configurations that Vittoriano determined to be suitable in terms of front-end feel and turn in. With Franco, we found some interesting solutions for both anti wheelie control and traction control. We're all satisfied with the work carried out, even though we're aware that we're dealing with technical solutions that were tried on a different track and in different conditions compared to those of Sepang. Only when Valentino and Nicky have had their turn to try and evaluate those solutions will we be able to have a more certain confirmation and to understand if we've taken a step forward and if so, how big of a step.

Enginebeer - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 9:09 AM

Iggy, I'll let you off cause your clueless. Rossi has already gone faster than Stoner did in the sepangrace last year on a race setup.
Rossi isn't having a lot of luck at the moment, but has anyone noticed the propaganda trail?? Nearly every comment coming out of Ducati is a contradiction of the previous one. There is more to what's happening at ducati than meets the eye. Though I've little doubt they could do without missing a days testing.
Get well soon Vale.!!
ps. Please can we have a Q&A with Presiozi and the first question could be, as of today the top ducati is behind the lone suzuki, why do you still think the cf bike is a good one???

stavros - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 9:11 AM

Remember way back when he Ducati was considered a potential winner virtually every race.. and now 9th is somehow considered a good reasonable result! What a difference a couple of months makes.

bender - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 9:15 AM

Stoner has proved one thing so far he is very good at riding the ducati fast. But he got worse and worse at it over 3 years. Rossi has proved more than he needs too with virtually every motogp record. The honda is a weapon this season let's see how casey develops it over the next 3 years, Rossi needs to do better than fourth this year to prove a point.

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