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 10:14 PM

re: "3. Ducati and Rossi not writing off the 2011 season, at least not yet."

sorry, but 2011 is a wrap. just watched the video of the GP12 and it was all hands on deck in that garage. everbody and their nana was there. like i figured the bike looks nearly the same as every other D16 that's come before it. notable exceptions are the now inverted swingarm (M1 inspired?) and the side exit pipe (also M1 inspired?). can't tell if the swinga was carby or ally...? but one thing i do know, the competition should be afraid. same as F1, always fear the team that's not in the hunt for the current championship, for they're spending time and manpower on next season's chassis.

letsbereal - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 12:22 AM

This is straight from " The Doctors" quote. I guess it slides

“It's a lot of fun, and you can do some nice slides. It's the bike we'll ride next year, so it was very important - and also very nice - to be among the first to take it on the track.”

The Kenlucky Kid - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 1:38 AM

nebar1 it IS me :-) Sick Cyl and BryanG have it down. Both are accurate in their posting. 2011 marks an end of an era and perhaps the last 800cc bike in the WC, but who knows. Technically, the 800s can race as is, so we shall see what happens in 2012. Very interesting regarding technical strategy. For engineers it will be fun, for management a challenging (or nightmare) and accounts will fret over the budgets. For the GP fans it will be great!

nebar1

April 09, 2011 8:28 AM
Last Edited 1201 days ago

The Moto2 bikes are sliding, the riders backing them in. Maybe they should scrap the 1000cc and go to 600cc.:)

Kenlucky, funny how the safety move from 1000cc to 800cc has been forgotten. It was supposed to slow them down!!

The fuel limit needs to be addressed too.

tess - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 10:40 AM

im so sick of reading so much dribble on this page from
people who know squat about motogp and are just posting because of hate towards certain riders.

people saying "i hope he crashes straight into the gravell" WTF is that! i wouldnt wish that on any racer, even if i wasent his fan.
cant believe so many people are counting him out already
when there has only been 2 races, obviously you are just trying to convicnce yourself that the Ducati wont do well this year.

to all you people with well thought sensible comments and knowledge about motogp i thank you for pleasant reading,

The Kenlucky Kid - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 5:56 PM

"The Moto2 bikes are sliding, the riders backing them in. Maybe they should scrap the 1000cc and go to 600cc.

Kenlucky, funny how the safety move from 1000cc to 800cc has been forgotten. It was supposed to slow them down!!

The fuel limit needs to be addressed too.
Posted by nebar"

True, but the reason the 600cc are sliding is A: Single CDI/EMS that cannot be modified, only tunned but software provided. B: There is zilch traction control- essentially no different than say a standard CBR 600 (in the electronics department).

Excellent observation regarding the (obvious PC hypocrisy) regarding "safety" as a reason to "slow" down the bikes. The no brainer comment from JB, was that in 2 years the lost speed would be recuperated- as it was.

Well, the fuel limit has been upped for 1000, so that is also an interesting aspect...However, electronics will continue to dominate, although good thing electronically aided suspension has been banned-although, i think it would be a good thing.

Frank - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 7:02 PM

From the little I've seen so far, it doesn't look like the engine is simply a bored and stroked version of the 800. The right side clutch cover area which is clearly visible on the video as Rossi mounts the bike, looks like it's positioned much further to the rear of the engine, allowing the shorter engine to be positioned further forward in the chassis.
I believe the long engine having to be placed further to the rear and the consequentially less than ideal forward weight bias has been the main problem with getting the bike's front end to feel and perform ideally.

fan - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 11:01 PM

The CRT's will have a fuel limit of 24 liters. The factory boys still only get 21 liters.

Larger displacements = higher fuel consumption = more electronic control :(

The question is will the factory electronics make up for the deficit in fuel compared to the CRT's?

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