MotoGP » Ducati developments face Le Mans test

"We're coming off a test that confirmed that we've started to go in the right direction" - Valentino Rossi.

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May 11, 2011 10:36 AM

Hayden and Rossi 'gave the green light' to the changes on the bike. They could hardly say no to the changes, considering neither of them can ride the bike for sh*t at the moment.

I'm looking forward to seeing whether there's any improvement, though I'm not expecting anything dramatic. The carbon fibre frame is clearly a dog and should be consigned to the dustbin of history.


May 11, 2011 11:06 AM


There was an interesting interview with Jeremy Burgess in AMCN a few years ago, he was asked his opinion on Ducati going to a C.F. chassis, he said "It's been tried many times before and has never worked, it doesn't 'talk' to the rider like a steel or alloy frame"

Did you notice that the GP12 appeared to have an alloy frame?

LAnski - Unregistered

May 11, 2011 1:00 PM

looking at the pics, it seems that the gp12 has a cf frame. the side exhaust is not a new addition, gp11 has a slash cut side exhaust on the right... google some pics, gp12's side exhaust is more visible, but the side exhaust is present on the gp11,gp10,gp9,gp8,gp7.
gp4, gp5 & gp6 have twin slash exhaust on the right. only gp3 uses pure undertail exhaust

Retire ?? - Unregistered

May 11, 2011 1:05 PM
Last Edited 1821 days ago

@ Ducati are garbage...
In your own words, the rider who not in top 3 in championship in the last 2 years is stoner...
so you advise stoner to retire ???...

Interesting comments on CF frame, and yes I remember JB's comments on CF, pity he and others did not look at John Britton's creation, built in a home garage, did it work, ask Ducati and all the Japanese manufactures, non of them like being beat but beat thy were, big style.
RIP John.


May 11, 2011 3:19 PM

We all know how awesome Casey was on that Ducati and no doubt Val and JB realise that now.BUT,that is the past,this is the here and the now!
They have to do the best they can with what they have and get the best results with it for the rest of the season.With the 800 class finishing this year,Ducati are not going to break the bank on this bike when the new 1000 class comes in for 2012.THAT is where they are going to be spending their money.Val will have to "make do and mend" this year.

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