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Full Friday free practice times (1) from the Valencia MotoGP, the 18th and final round.

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Young guns will win - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 11:13 AM

Third?
Traction control can only save him for so long.

The conditions will change and the young guns will move up and the old timers will go back down where they have been all season.

Bautista, Spies & Dovi will fire.

Hongamanooga - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 11:31 AM

The following will not appeal to many here because it's not either black or white but here it is nevertheless:

Seeing how competitive the Ducatis become when the track is wet (it's been happening all year long) and knowing about the extreme character of the Bridgestone slicks, my guess is that what Ducati have failed to do is build the bike specifically for the tyres at hand. It took Yamaha and Rossi half a season to adapt themselves to those tyres (2008) while we could see how Ducati struggled with that all those years and only winning races because of Stoners (commendable of course) podium-or-crash approach to his racing.

Obviously the situation hasn't got any better and the guys at Ducati plainly fail to find out what it needs to be done to extract some feel out of those extreme-performance slick Bridgestones.

I strongly believe that if the grid was using an old-style tyre -like the 2007 Michelins- the Ducatis wouldn't be so far off the top.

Percentage

November 04, 2011 12:22 PM

@Hongamanooga
Is that near Whangamomona? ha ha.

Spot on. The CF Ducati can't handle the Bridgestones. Doesn't mean that the CF Ducati is a bad bike, just a bad bike on these tyres.

However, the rules say the tyres are Control Bridgestones and everyone knows the rules and has to build a bike accordingly.

Wacko - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 2:42 PM

Got to be a tough time for the Italian MotoGP fans. Marco's passing, Loris' last race, Vale and Dovi as the last Italians (hopefully Iannone joins them soon) in MotoGP. The Ducati's seem to be running well in the damp first practice so that has to be some consolation. In all the tragedy and sorrow I almost forgot this was the last 800cc MotoGP race ever and the 1000's take to the track in anger on Monday. So there is hope.

Peace!

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