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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shamarone - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 4:10 PM

re: "can some one explain to me how do you know they are testing a GP12 but not GP11?"

because like i've been saying, 2011 is a transistion year, borgo panigale does not enjoy huge revenue streams, rossi and co. don't work for "scale", and now we have ducati first out the gate with their '12 design.

BryanG - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 4:24 PM

The 81mm bore limitation is to prevent the use of very short stroke engines which permit high rpm.In theory it should limit max.rpm to about 14000.Expensive pneumatic valve gear should not be necessary.Horsepower figures should not rise much but the engines will have a better spread of power and more torque.No doubt the designers will find a way to overcome some of the theoretical limitations and surprise us all - next year should be very interesting,power delivery will be very different to present engines - more grunt out of the corners for example so management systems will be even more important.

shamarone - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 4:28 PM

re: "how come nobody wants to burn Suzuki at the stake?"

i'd hazard a guess for 3 reasons... #1, because hammamatsu has made their "disinterest" in GP competitiveness known for OVER a decade. #2, the unfortunate disaster happening in their home country, #3, given answers 1&2, gathering logs and matches at this point sadly constitutes beating a dead horse.


April 08, 2011 5:21 PM
Last Edited 1574 days ago

Let's be logical please.
1. Only had 2 races
2. 2nd race, though wet, 46 and Ducati were racing for the win
3. Ducati and Rossi not writing off the 2011 season, at least not yet.
4. 2 or 3 more dry race weekends will paint the picture more clearly.
5.If Ducati can test a race bike not eligible for 2011, so can everyone else.

GPFAN - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 6:05 PM

you should be able to test anytime and anywhere you want. i want close racing and i want all the bikes at top form along with the riders. all this testing bans do is make it imposible for rubbish factories to get anywhere.

Its not rocket science - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 6:34 PM

No surprises here for the true fans of the sport. It was made pretty clear when Rossi moved to ducati that they were looking to 2012 and the new regs, 2011 was always going to be a year for Rossi and Burgess to tweak the Stoner donkey for a season and get back to the number one spot with next seasons bike.
Just wait and see :)

letsbereal - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 6:54 PM

I can't believe the "no sliding" comments. There's plenty of sliding going on now and what about SBK, they have no electronics?? However the rider feels he can get fastest from point A to point B will determine the amount of slide if the team trusts in the rider. It's a way of getting the back of the bike turned and there are numerous riders on the current grid who will take advantage of it. Not comparing Josh Hayes to the Motogp guys but he's AMA current champ and uses basically no traction control because that's his style. Electronics can be reduced/shut down/and have just about limitless possibilities nowadays.

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