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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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April 12, 2011 1:50 PM

Ringo, the advantage gained will last for 5 minutes. Lets say that it's an important point as to where the development of next years bike (Ducati)goes.
Honda will just bring 15 different bikes. Casey and Co just pick the comfortable one and Honda then know exactly where to go with their development. Not just a this or that way as the choices Ducati will have but rather a this,that OR the other way and cover ALL bases too.

Money makes winners in Motorsport as you can just buy the development and in effect slow time as you can just put more engineers to the problem. This will come and kick Ducati up the bottom.

budoist

April 13, 2011 6:22 PM

@A 1: Money makes winners in Motorsport as you can just buy the development and in effect slow time as you can just put more engineers to the problem.

Honda has outspent nearly every other competitor in the series for the past several years. A comparison done in the past couple of years showed their motorcycle racing department was larger, by almost an order of magnitude, than the entire Ducati company. In the 800's they do not have the most wins per rider (Ducati), they do not have the most titles per rider (Yamaha), they do not have the most manufacturer championships (Yamaha). Simply throwing money at a problem doesn't mean that you'll end up with the best solution.

Even if this is Ducati testing parts that will make it onto this year's bike, it's not cheating. There's a loophole in the rules, and every manufacturer is looking to exploit every hole that they can. Have any of the people accusing Ducati of cheating even followed the ruckus about Honda's clutch this season?

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