MotoGP » Valentino Rossi still far from the 'front'


“I can't load the front enough to enter fast, so I don't carry enough speed through the corner, and that's why we're far from the front”- Valentino Rossi.

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Roddo - Unregistered

March 23, 2012 8:32 PM

He is finished in moto gp if something drasotic does not happen and quick. I cant see any team wanting to sign the most expensive has been in the history of the sport. Im sorry to say it but hearinga excuses time after time is poor. The rossi of 5 or 6 years ago would have been competitve on this bike this man has never been the same since the broken leg and what happened at the end of last season plus the recent legbsurgery his head has gone retire please while you still have some dignity

What happened to 'this is the best front end feeling I've ever had on a Ducati' during the Sepang test??

“A little bit of understeer and especially difficult in acceleration,” said Rossi, “but we are very happy because now I brake and enter the corner with a good feeling. Compared to last year we have made a huge step. That was the worst problem.

What happened to 'this is the best front end feeling I've ever had on a Ducati' during the Sepang test??

“A little bit of understeer and especially difficult in acceleration,” said Rossi, “but we are very happy because now I brake and enter the corner with a good feeling. Compared to last year we have made a huge step. That was the worst problem.

Roddo - Unregistered

March 23, 2012 8:52 PM

BYE BYE Anyowne rember the t shirt mmm funny how some things have different meanings to what they are supposed to. Im really excited about this season i think we will have some closer racers. I think the major upset will be a certain rider not finishing the season and not due to injury. BYE BYE 46

Ducatisti

March 23, 2012 8:53 PM
Last Edited 940 days ago

People... a lot of you state that the problem is the bike, the engine, even the handlebars..... seriously? NO!

The desmo was so much worse in 2007, have you ever ridden anything with a trellis frame?? it's not that easy to turn in the first place.. it's almost like riding a block of wood. but still, Stoner was the champion in 2007 and he also did a great job in 2008. Then he continued to get podiums when the carbon fiber was put in place.

One more fact. On Stoner's last GP with the Desmocedici he said that he felt like he could win anywhere with that bike, and this was just one month before Rossi started riding it. (and breaking it apart).

The bike is fine! even with some issues it never stopped being competitive! Verify the stats if you need to.

billace - Unregistered

March 23, 2012 8:54 PM

What happened was testing moved to a track that rewards bravery in the corners and should have closed the gap. That did happen for one Ducati rider who just rides what he's given and for the other...he's lost that lovin feelin...its gone, gone, gone

ooj

March 23, 2012 9:10 PM

The 90-degree configuration is a serious problem. Look at any pic of the duc without fairing, and their crankshaft appears to be 10 cm further back than an inline-4 bike. Even if ducati got the weight distribution to equal the Yamaha, the gyroscope effect entering turns is going to be different. On an inline-4 the crankshaft is closer to your knees and gut, about midway between the hands and feet. On the ducati the gyroscope is closer to the ankles.
Also, this is worse if your riding style favors a planted front wheel. In straight line braking, having the crankshaft further back should be an advantage. But when the fork compresses under braking it's not getting enough weight to create grip. Then when turn-in starts the forks rebound and lose even more weight & grip. This would explain Stoner's crashes going into corners in 2010. Once in a corner the suspension balances out, and lack of weight on the front causes it to understeer. Something we've known about the duc for years.

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