MotoGP » Rossi coy on aluminium frame


"I don't know exactly about [an] aluminium frame or some other things. So we have to wait" - Valentino Rossi.

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tit fortat - Unregistered

August 12, 2011 12:20 PM

Would like to see a CF twin spar frame on the duke would look nice. Seems a waste to throw away the carbon when the biggest mistake was using a new material and new design at the same time, no wonder they haven't got it right..
I am glad I'm not at Brno this weekend if I saw Presiozi smiling again as his bikes troll around at the back I might be encouraged to flick his brake off and give him a push the wrong way round the track......

AmotoGP - Unregistered

August 12, 2011 12:25 PM

Joking aside, that's fair comment, let's hope that Ducati aren't looking simply to replace their existing design by using alternative materials.
I'm sure we should trust that between Valentino, Jerry and Filippo, a solution can be found that affords the #46 a winning package.
We really don't know whether pride and tradition is in any way standing in the way of development of the bike. Surely, even Ducati can see that this lack of success is going to hurt their brand, and that's a much more powerful persuader than whether the brand values (of pursuing stressed engines/carbon airboxes), ultimately have to change to suit their goals.
They'll get it right, let's be sure we understand that - but just how much damage is this seemingly half-hearted response doing to the sport of MotoGP and Rossi's motivation and outlook on his future in MotoGP?
Fingers crossed...

Matt - Unregistered

August 12, 2011 12:43 PM

Ducati have years of experience in steel trellis frames and look at superbikes, they obviously work on 200bhp racing bikes. Why dont ducati put that knowledge to good use and wrap this pig in a steel frame?

ooj - Unregistered

August 12, 2011 12:57 PM

I also wondered about the return of the steel trellis frame, but I just read somewhere that with so many manual welds, it's impossible to get 2 frames that behave the same. Casey said this was the case with his 2 bikes during the last year on steel.
maybe instead of R&D dollars spent on CF, they should have figured out how to get consistent robotic welding.

Liam48

August 12, 2011 1:05 PM

Ducati need to stop letting their pride getting in their way and build something that might work...

stop being "unique" it's clearly not working... i like many of Rossi's fans are getting very impatient that Rossi isn't moving forward.

Matt - Unregistered

August 12, 2011 1:06 PM

@ ooj.
That may be correct about being unable to get two frames to act exactly the same but the superbike riders don't seem to mind so it cant be that bad. I would have thought a steel trellis frame would be cheaper and (maybe) quicker to build than pressed ally frames (I dunno for sure tho) plus its a Ducati trademark.
Come on Ducati stop trying to be clever and build on what you already know - trellis frames WORK!

monty_mole - Unregistered

August 12, 2011 1:10 PM

Nicky Hayden has gone down in my estimation this season.
I allways liked him and thought he was a good racer, but the fact he doesn't want to race and develop the GP11.1 and try to make a bike capable of winning.
But he would rather ride the GP11 and be happy finishing 6th at the very best is really not good for a former World Champion.

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