MotoGP » Rossi: Not bad for a first taste...

"The engine seems to be pretty good already... On the other hand, I'm a little slower in mid-corner, and we also have to try to improve rear grip " – Valentino Rossi.

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November 09, 2011 3:06 AM


A: not so much. when you have 2 massive ally beams now transmitting the loads from the forks, thru the steering head and back down to the swingarm pivot, the engine's just along for the ride. they and FTR did a good job integrating it too. paint that little bit of silver that's showing black, leave the bodywork on and nobody'd be the wiser. at least not for awhile.

joe - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 4:44 AM

First Taste
Yep it must feel good,riding a yamaha clone,that all heaven and earth was moved to get.Now all that has to be done, is ride it,2012 there are no excuses left in the bag whatsoever,and all the so called fans, wishing that ducati was up the pointy end,what you really mean, is that god is up there,is that correct,yeah thought so.cheers

MM - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 4:52 AM

I can't believe there are still people prepared to repeat that old chestnut, "Rossi is sandbagging." Probably the same people who, a couple of years ago, if Lorenzo had a bad race, (even if it was simply down to a tyre choice), immediately claimed it was because, "Rossi was in his head.", etc.

You can't blame Stoner for preferring to "win from the front" whenever possible as it's a safer place to be, (as shown tragically a fortnight ago), but it's not good for the spectacle of the sport. Agostini also had the advantage of being the best rider on the best bike for much of his career but he used that advantage to put on a bit of a show for the fans, saying, "I like to play a little Brands Hatch before I go on to win." Stoner is a great rider, not a showman, and just watching him slide the bike is thrill enough for those who appreciate what it takes. It's his business how he races, and a matter of temperament, so its not a criticism, but for the sake of the sport, the more bikes and rid


November 09, 2011 5:23 AM
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Why the talk of a Yamaha clone just because of the alloy frame?
Honda was the class bike of last year and if Ducati break another tradition and move to a narrower angle motor they will be moving in a direction that Honda (and Suzuki) have already gone. It can't be a random thing that all the RVF Honda bikes were 90 degree v fours (like the D16 Ducati's) and the RCVs are not.


November 09, 2011 5:25 AM

@good for Ducati
"Ducati bikes are bought by elitist snobs who only worry about how their peers lust after the brand"

now that is quite a statement.

I own two Ducatis at the moment, my first was in 1978.
I have my own gear made, logo "Ducati of Corse".
A set of Ts and Track Jackets that say "My other bike is a DUCATI (too!)"

oh dear, you are right, I don't give a toss about you and your pathetic little life...

Go Dukes...

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