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Ducati's announcement that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden are to test next year's GP12 throws up interesting questions...

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pukka - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 1:08 PM

of course it is not valid. the letter of the law and the spirit of the law and competition must be adhered to. that ducati chooses to shirk this rule is that they are in the enviable position of having rossi and the powers that be will not fight against rossi. so now that the rule is broken everyone is going to do it. ducati has gained nothing in the real sense of the word. they are financially strapped and need every opportunity to make changes to next yrs bike in order to contend and perhaps keep rossi on their bikes to the end of his career.

pp916 - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 1:18 PM

Its far too early in the year for contracted riders to be testing 'next years' bikes.........thats the job of the factory test riders, the guys that will actually be competing on them shouldn't be on them except at the official sanctioned tests and after the season is over.

This is nothing more than Ducati playing catch up and attempting to get the current bike to work for Rossi, a bit of rule bending with the blessing of Dorna and the FIM towing along....can't have the Golden Child struggling now can we, its not good for the 'show' or the takings.
They will be testing stuff applicable to the current bike that's pretty much guaranteed, but how's anybody going to prove it?

Stinks like a very stinky thing.....

Kieran argent - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 1:39 PM

But I know this is different but back this time last year you had the Honda riders: melandri and depuniet attending a track day at silverstone. Surely if Rossi and co get done for this something with stricter ruling should be put into place....

Liam - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 2:06 PM

Rossi bashers please... SHUT UP!!!

Everytime there is a story about that has Rossi involved you find a way to have a go at him. Not one comment was Hayden mentioned, he's testing the bike too. Ducati are going to concentrate mainly on next year that's wht they are testing.

... so Rossi bashers stop getting your knickers in a twist.

Sasha - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 2:09 PM

It has nothing to do with Rossi, it is Ducati who are working in the grey area of the rules and against the spirit of those rules.

So, maybe the 2012 chassis is much better, why not run it early this year eh?

Heavy E - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 2:10 PM

I would guess that Ducati is planning a fundamental architecture change for the GP12 - something that is a big departure from the current bike in terms of tuneability, rigidity, balance, etc. They're gonna need to know whether they're on the right path as soon as possible, so they can either cut bait or go full speed ahead with the proposed changes.

Bike - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 2:17 PM

An extra test for the 1000cc bikes has already been planned for the day after the Mugello MotoGP race, but it is conceivable all of the factories will schedule extra tests with their factory riders.

In any case, the entire issue might be superseded by a gentleman's agreement amongst the members of MSMA, who have apparently decided - and it will be ratified at Estoril - that 8 days of testing will be allowed for the 2012 bikes with official race riders

deanr - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 2:19 PM

The rule seems pretty lax if its as simple as the article makes out, they could test this years bikes just by putting a fuel tank on it thats over capacity by 5 milliliters.

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