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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rossi4like46 - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 6:07 PM

okay ppl i am not mad or clown as some of u stated . I might've couple of points wrong . Now rossi never touched 800c.c honda . But i have read that yamaha M1 800 was developed by rossi to some extent . And statistics say rossi was bad in 800 era . He had best run in 1000cc era . And i'd like to point out that rossi rode a ducati which he isn't accustomed to . When Stoner was in ducati he either went fast by powersliding or crashed . Rossi still has problems with his shoulder . But he was fine when he came back and rode m1 and finished 3rd . And @RawDawg is right in rider engineer thing . Rossi says its hard to side and team says they're not getting enough feedback . Rossi had a nice run with jap. Bikes . But modify duc is hard . Stoner said so too . But duc wasn't improved by anyone . It was a engineer bike . Stoner had nerve to take risk . Rossi doesn't want it . He wins races smoothly . Any way best of luck duc . And "The Doctor " will be back once again . I promise . You dont need

rossi4life46 - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 6:18 PM

cont... You don't have to like rossi . Just repeat the man and what if did over the part years . Stoner just had a great one season . Rossi had them like many . Okay if just had a bad year. He didn't expect it would turn like this or just like when if came to yamaha in 2004 . He is doing his bit . Rossi and ducati have to get a bike proper to be ridden by anyone . Stay with him or what ever you want we just don't care . He will answer all you freakin questions like hes lost it in him or if should quit . He ain't going on where till if gets championship again .

FRED1 - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 6:40 PM

Development mostly depends on the engineers.

and, don't you see this past 2 days..? rossi and other ducati's rider is busy giving feedback to ducati's engineers... without them (test rider), yamaha, honda, suzuki and ducati engineers only will be a researchers(someone who don't know what their doing)...

Posted by who knows - Unregistered (4 hours ago)

Sorry, but we all watched last year as those Ducati engineers lapped up every word Rossi said at his first Ducati test. And what were the results of that after a FULL YEAR of lapping up every word Rossi said????? I'll assume you know Ducati was at the rear of the field every race in 2011 and made no improvement whatsoever.

What do they call people who do the same wrongheaded thing over and over expecting different results the next time they do it??? There's a word for those people.


November 10, 2011 6:46 PM

Okay okay. Silver Bullits...Never used them myself !!! They don't work. Colin Edwards has time to explain why,I don't.
Back to Ducati and Silver Bullits. The last time I enjoyed watching Silver Bullit bikes was back in Imola 1972. Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari.Was it 990 with Loris at Mugello some years back that reckindled fond memories ?
Happy hunting all round.


November 10, 2011 8:03 PM

Well at least Ducati is admitting they've essentially been lost for the past 4 years by setting up the twin-spar version exactly like the GP11 as a starting point. HOPEFULLY they find the main culprits through this "back to square 1" approach.

My only advice would be listen to Rossi and Burgess, they know what the hell they're talking about.


November 10, 2011 8:41 PM

Here is one of the most important reasons it will work.
From MotoMatters:
"Rossi looked transformed on the bike. At the test last year, Rossi looked incredibly uncomfortable on the Desmosedici, helped no doubt by the shoulder injury he had been carrying all year. Today, Rossi looked like he had finally found the imposter that had been using his leathers all year, and kicked him out of the Ducati garage. Rossi once again looked comfortable, moving naturally around the bike the way he used to. The bike clearly needs more work, but it might at last be moving forward."


November 10, 2011 8:46 PM

And one more thing. That motorcycle is a work of art. For those who understand the love of the machine. Right down to the engraved Ducati emblem that thing is a stunner.

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