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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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some1 - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 8:52 AM

What? Giving advantage to a rider they paid a several millions just to knock down any pole sitter and potential podium finisher?

I'm not impressed...

Green Monster

April 09, 2011 10:34 AM

Tidy. Anyway this bike will be completely different for the start of next season. However I do agree that an FIM member or a Dorna official should be present as I woulnt want Rossi haters having a chance to scream foul play.

beemer 12 - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 2:46 PM

Who could care less? This whole extremely limited testing/restricted motors is all bovine fertilizer anyway. This is MOTOGP not tiddlywinks, saving money is not on the radar. Teams always spend all they have one way or another!!!

TDS - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 3:02 PM

I don't see why teams can't just keep testing their bikes if they feel the need!! What difference would it really make?? Can someone explain????

JJ9871011

April 09, 2011 11:26 PM

If you're not cheating, you're not trying. You don't go racing to finish 2nd. If people get worked up over this, then they should fire all the engineers because their job is to exploit every rule to maximum limit as to get the best performance.

Robert Gandt - Unregistered

April 10, 2011 6:24 PM

Why does anyone care who tests a 1000 cc bike for next year during a month off of racing? If Honda or Yamaha did this there would be no whinging. And why does everybody hate Ducati? A tiny factory with a tiny budget that lives for racing up against huge juggernaught factories that make cars and pianos and stereos and everything under the sun. If any of you idiots actually ride or race Ducatis, like I do, then you should be rooting for this small factory. Instead, you probably stick your fat pasty butts onto any of the cheap, stamped out, dime a dozen Japanese bikes that flood the market and call yourselves enthusiasts or experts. Would you be happier if it was just a big Japanese show year after year?

A 1

April 11, 2011 9:29 AM

Robert, don't get your expensive knickers in a twist about the name on the tank.

The bad point created by this loophole agreement that all the manufacturers had been good enough to abide by is HONDA will throw all their might at this. Honda will crush all again. This is a bad move by Ducati as they will never compete financially. When the gates open for all to test, the big boys will win again.

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