MotoGP » Will aluminium frame be Ducati's silver bullet?


"The positives of this bike are certainly the engine, which I like, and the fact that it handles a bit better than the previous one" – Valentino Rossi.

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Hector - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 12:45 PM

Well, he got what he wanted - an aluminium twin spar frame, evening though this is a marketing disaster for Ducati, on the point of launching with 1199 Panigale super bike with an integrated air box/frame.
Rossi has really run out of excuses now.

grantrd

November 10, 2011 1:05 PM

copycats.....they are just copying the Japanese now because they are clueless.....all the Ducati fans should feel short changed because Ducati are selling out. It was to be expected though as they were the laughing stock this year, and it will be a safe bet they will be the laughing stock next year......at least there will be some CRT bikes to race.....
Honda are going to dominate again for the next few years until Yamaha catch up again....Ducati will turn out just like Cagiva did....good effort from the Italians but not good enough.....HRC forever

RawDawg

November 10, 2011 1:07 PM
Last Edited 984 days ago

Hector, I wish people like you would just stop it about a "marketing disaster" by changing frames because that could be nothing further from the truth. 99.9% of the buying public can't fully use the bikes to their full ppotential anyway and Ducatist will always buy Ducatis. Was it a "marketing disaster" when Ducati went to the carbon fiber frame instead of the trellis a couple of years ago? No it was not - no one blinked an eye and it didn't hurt the sales of their superbikes. Outside on 2007, Ducati has zero championship pedigree in GPs compared to Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki. They have built their reputation in WSBK - not GPs. As long as the bike they race in WSBK in 2013 is the 1199 then they will be fine. What manufactures change or doesn't change on MotoGP race bikes have nothing at all to do with bike sales.

Percentage

November 10, 2011 1:08 PM

Shuhei Nakamoto (HRC VP) said, "...Ducati are doing what Honda used to do..." - that is making too many changes.

We'll have to wait and see what Ducati do with the data from the Valencia tests.

Don-R

November 10, 2011 1:13 PM
Last Edited 984 days ago

Note to Crash eds: I think that should be 'magic bullet', no? i.e. a solution targeting the heart of a problem.

Crash.net: Hi Don "The term (Silver bullet) has been adopted into a general metaphor, where "silver bullet" refers to any straightforward solution perceived to have extreme effectiveness." - Wikipedia.

rossi4life46 - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 1:26 PM

see ppl rossi hasn't lost racing in him and stop giving speculations about it . See rossi didn't ride a bike like ducati like never on race track . The HRC or YAMAHA are the bikes rossi rode and developed so it fits to all even one hit wonder lorenzo or stoner . He's having problems with ducati . It like am animal . Rossi is making it safer for all okay . Shut it and pray it works in 2012 . He is way more talented than stoner or lorenzo . He gave the bikes on which they won . So shut it and get over yourselves .

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