MotoGP » German MotoGP, Sachsenring - Qualifying

Full qualifying times from the German MotoGP at Sachsenring, round 9 of 18.

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.............. - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 3:46 PM

According to Kouichi Tsuji, right hand man for Masahiko Nakajima (yamaha's motogp project leader) ducati's and honda's transmissions are only good for about 0.1 of a second maximum per lap and did not see it as something yamaha want to pursue.

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some1 - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 3:56 PM

Instead making a new bike for Rossi, Ducati should remove all Rossi inputs from their database. Restore back their originality in their design concept and employ Dovizioso to replace Rossi in 2012. Dovi is THE only Italian rider can actually ride a Ducati. Finally, make a Ducati return to WSB with a new Hayden's replica street bike called Ducati 1269.

Rossi will going solitary to Suzuki without JB with a lower wages and still cannot up his game until 5 more years when Suzuki release a new update on their bike.

Ausrossi - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 3:57 PM

Yeah saw some footage of Rossi in QP and he had the Duc sideways out of turns (reminiscent of 500s) and obviously lighting up the rear, Beattie commented that the thing is obviously not getting the power to the ground. Maybe they should simply go to whatever Hayden is riding (maybe very similar to last years bike where he was getting 4ths pretty consistently).

Yep I think we have all heard the rumours about Ducati, heresay who knows but I think things will be coming to a head sooner rather than later. As for Rossi, I strongly feel that he isn't a woose but simply that falling off by taking it over the edge is not a long term strategy that and he knows another serious injury and that is probably him out of the game.

toyo - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 4:01 PM

"Sometimes in life you have to hit rock
bottom first. Then you can pick
yourself up, dust yourself off and get
back on it . Today is that day for
Valentino Rossi and Ducati ."

well said Paul..pure rossi fan,pure racing fan


July 16, 2011 4:21 PM

How can he be nearly a second behind Hayden?...this is not what I expected from Ducati. A hugh bust of a season at this point...must be a drag for all concerned. To be so far out of the action is hard to watch...the changeing of the gaurd will be complete by seasons end.

just ignore him - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 4:25 PM

It was nebar1 turn the other day now it looks like it's your turn to feel the tongue bashing of rawdawg.

Just ignore him he just feeds on other people.

just keep posting your own comments and ignore his as most people know that his opinions mean nothing.

Walt - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 4:44 PM

It looked like Rossi had some rear tire traction issues. This is typical with the Ducati, it either has traction in the rear and none in the front, or they adjust the settings to get more traction on the front, then loose it in the rear.
This is typical behavior of a bike with improper weight distribution. Again, because of it's long L4 engine.
Ducati will see no major improvements until the L4 layout is discarded. They need to crank up the CAD software now and reduce the V angle to what Honda is using, perhaps 72deg. Move the engine forward,and lengthen the swingarm.
In the mean time, they should try adding 15lbs of ballast to the front of the motor to alter the weight distribution.
If Ducati thinks the GP12 will handle any different next year, they're dreaming, start on a new bike now.


July 16, 2011 4:54 PM

If this is the pace of the GP11.1 than the GP12 is already an epic failure. So you can say Rossi wrote this season off and is developing next years bike. But next years bike with a 1000 engine in it is only going to be good next year if it is at the top of the current 800 field with the 800 engine in it. Write next season off as well. At the end of this year we might look at a contract buy-out situation.


July 16, 2011 5:02 PM

I think with Rossi it's worth remembering back to the start of the season (pre gp11.1) when he was about 1.5secs off the pace. He consisitenly closed that difference down every race until he was at .7/.8secs off just before the switch to the GP11.1. The guys not forgotten how to ride fast or develop a bike - on the same bike he consistently beat Nicky who while not an Alien is no slouch either. Testing a new chasssis is always tricky especially when such a big step forward is needed. The difference is that usually this initial stage where the bike is at its slowest is usually done behind closed doors where you can't be embarassed by the current bikes.
Rossi has already written this season off which is staggeringly clear. It is next season that is important. If in the first few races he isn't on or around the pace THEN he should just admit he can't get on with ducatis and retire from GP.
Back in the early 2000s he could win on an inferior bike but the standard of the field has just move

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