MotoGP » Rossi, Hayden to test 2012 Ducati


Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden to get first ride on 2012 Ducati at Jerez.

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pp916 - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 1:33 PM

Testing the 2012 bike my arze, this is way too early for contracted riders to be doing that....this is all about sorting the current bike out and Dorna are turning a blind eye......contracted riders should only be testing at the agreed and sanctioned times whether its this years bike, next or whatever.....stinks, stinks, stinks!

richard

April 08, 2011 1:42 PM

pp. on the contrary. ducati testing for 2012 is a very good idea. due to ducatis poor pace this year, it is sensible to get as much testing as possible of next years bike, so as to get a head start, whereas honda and yamaha will be spending all their time trying to win 2011.
i understand that 1000cc engines must be based on a production engine, but is ducatis engine of around this size a twin? if so, what production engine will they be using?
( i am still a learner!)

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 2:17 PM

Richard - No the 2012 rules do not require the engines to be production based. There is a bore limit of 82 mm so no one will be using a twin. Ducati have said previously that they are considering a 930 cc engine because with 82 mm bores that has a bore to stroke ratio that will allow them to attain high revs.

Part of the 2012 rules allow the use of production based engines with a bore under 82 mm - these are known as CRT bikes (claiming rule) and have a 26 litre fuel limit instead of 21 litre.

To date I have not heard anyone expressing belief that the CRT bikes will be anything other than grid fillers.

fastfisheye

April 08, 2011 3:25 PM

I would not be surprised if the test of the GP12 this weekend will include new frame quite different to the GP11's and if the results are positive it will have a twofold effect.... advance work on the 2012 machine and a new frame on the GP11 after Estoril.

Mr P - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 3:46 PM

The comments page on this site get more and more embarrasing by the day.

Anyone who thinks FIM or whoever would turn a blind eye and would let ducati test what ever they feel is kidding themselves.

One person doesnt run the show, he maybe by far the most popular rider but he wont be able to do as he pleases.

The anti rossi comments get more and more laughable by the day.

Mr t - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 3:54 PM

The comments page on this site get more and more embarrasing by the day.

Anyone who thinks FIM or whoever wouldn't turn a blind eye and would let ducati test what ever they feel is kidding themselves.

One person does run the show, he maybe by far the most popular rider but he be able to do as he pleases.

The Pro rossi comments get more and more laughable by the day.

take it from me - Mr T i ain't getting on no plaaaaaaaaaane sucka!

what about suzuki? - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 4:02 PM

what about suzuki?

last year, dorna changed the rules ONLY FOR SUZUKI and gave them 50% more engines than everybody else (9 versus 6)

how come nobody wants to burn Suzuki at the stake?

Ducati are testing a new frame because they now know, via Rossi, that the bike is a big fat pig (and by inference, Casey is fast).

If the J4 want to test their 2012 1000cc bikes with some i assume new engineering, they are free to do so.

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