MotoGP » Ducati turns the corner with new GP12


“The front-end feeling is by far the best of any Ducati I've ever ridden” – Nicky Hayden.

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sid bike - Unregistered

February 03, 2012 6:27 PM

stoner could equal rossi's tally if the rules had stayed the same . In 3 years time someone you never heard of will be dominant. Stoner will be back in kangaroo land saying something like ' i've had a gutfull'

MM - Unregistered

February 03, 2012 6:29 PM

It would be interesting to know whether it's the repositioning of the engine that has finally solved the front end problems. If so, that means they could still use the carbon sub-frame design as the lack of feel was wasn't down to the geometry or frame material. (It could've been a combination of these 3 factors of course). Not sure there'd be any point in using carbon though, particularly with the weight increase and the restriction caused by the sub-frame design with the engine regulations means that the Kobas twin spar aluminium chassis, (emphatically NOT a Japanese idea), is a safer bet as it allows more development without wasting allocated engines.

TheTroll

February 03, 2012 6:33 PM

FTR built this bike, but Rossi designed/developed it? So Stoner is hondas#1 rider. Who developed the bike that did a 1:59 yesterday? The honda engineers i bet. I bet rossi didn't even graduate high school and you guys are saying he changed the ducati.just say that you like rossi and you hope he wins. i watch motogp because i love it, not because I want to see rossi ride around with a guy dressed as a chicken on the pillion. are you serious? thats the only thing you are missing.stoner should do a victory lap with cookie monster and elmo thats racing to you guys.

Stylo

February 03, 2012 6:35 PM

Preziosi knew what was wrong? The clown refused to change his shoebox frame and his 90 deg twin clone setup. Literally had to threaten to confiscate his wheelchair to get him to listen.. @ss

NutBallRacer

February 03, 2012 6:37 PM

I want to know a couple of things -- 1) if Ducati had hunches what was wrong, when did they really develop them. 2) Why did those hunches not occur when working with Capirossi, Hayden, and Melandri? 3) why did those hunches not occur until a season from hell with the GOAT? and 4) Did those hunches actually occur to Preziosi, or did they really come from Rossi and company finally putting their foot down, and Ducati finally having to swallow a ton of pride and admit they had to listen to a rider. Lotta ego there, I think. They really wasted Hayden -- I know that'll raise a few negative comments, but look at how well he did vs. his teammate last year -- he's no slouch. Wonder what Ducati would have done if they hadn't stumbled upon the miracle rider that Stoner apparently is.

TheTroll

February 03, 2012 6:38 PM

it wasn't the repositioning of the engine, it was a breakthrough in chocolate chip cookies. Hmm... the ducati is the only bike not chattering. like the M1 in 2004.... hmm... could Rossi's uncle Carmelo have suggested that the "spec" tires be developed toward the ducati??? Conspiracy!

Bigbeef - Unregistered

February 03, 2012 6:44 PM

Casey and presiozi nearly put Ducati out of business they ' be been a laughing stock and casey along with them. If casey was half as good as you say he is he would have won 2008 end of. The Honda is making the difference, last year do I and dani both nearly beat jlo who got 10wins the year before, could easily have been 4th.

BillAce - Unregistered

February 03, 2012 6:55 PM

Nutballracer,

Real easy answer that one, LOTS OF MONEY!

Its Philip Morris that put up the 50M to bring Rossi & Co over and its pretty clear every penny is being spent. The question is what kind of results they expect and how much they will be willing to spend after this season...

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