MotoGP » 'Pleased' Valentino Rossi bins 'bad setup'

“We made some mistakes at Sepang II chasing a bad set-up. We changed the set-up, first the rear and then the front, and now I enter the corners pretty well again” – Valentino Rossi.

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Ich - Unregistered

March 25, 2012 10:23 PM

@Ausrossi's last sentence

Ehehehe he certainly will if they slipstream him too much or if they don't yield once he's coming :D.

P.S.: before somebody might flare up, we're just kidding :).

billace - Unregistered

March 25, 2012 10:36 PM

I don't know how the Duc can be considered so new and untapped compared to the other factories. They reported in June of last year that they already had an Al twin spar frame design done and were running the entire season last year "testing" to come out strong in 2012.

No matter how you spin it Ducati threw away an entire racing season and a design philosophy to wind up almost exactly where they were after testing last year. And that is with a fully fit rider this time around.

Every bike has plenty of room for improvement and this year will come down to nailing the setup for race day. In the past you would have thought that to be a huge advantage for Rossi and JB but this is an area where they have struggled more than most as of late.

Ich - Unregistered

March 25, 2012 10:36 PM

No way, he's not sandbagging, Ducati is desperate to try and test everything they can to improve, they can't allow themselves to lap at half throttle.

And Vale is also desperate to sit around the top, we all know how much he loves being on top (well, sportly speaking I mean, I'm not interested in any other realm :D).

ja - Unregistered

March 25, 2012 10:56 PM

@ THE FAN i agree with you with the sandbagging theory , its rossi new form of mind games let them the other top teams think that they have the edge, but i really do hope its sandbagging
can't wait for the start of the motogp season after watching paint dry aka F1 on sky gosh that bad lets hope they dont ever get there hands on the bikes

Ich - Unregistered

March 25, 2012 11:06 PM

Guys, I'm a Rossi fan but please let's no kid ourselves, he's not sandbagging.

He can't come to grip with the Duc, he's one of the best ever and has written some of the best pages of the history of this sport but this might really be the end of Rossi on the sharp edge.
It happens :).

Obviously I wish I'll be proven wrong, but.. :).

pcxmac - Unregistered

March 25, 2012 11:09 PM


when a design philosophy is a danger to the points and a rider it needs to be thrown out.

Rossi has a lot more work to do, but as long as they 'know' whats going on and dont duck their heads in the sand like they did with Casey, they will keep improving.


March 25, 2012 11:15 PM

i hate to burst everyones bubble... ok thatz a lie, its what i come to crash for...

but high 1.40's - mid 1.41's Rossi did in the partial simulation compared to Lorenzo and Stoners consistant low 1.40s still equals Rossi finishing the race 20 some seconds behind

being a few tenths off the pace can be made up come race time due to the adrenaline/competition and being able to stick with faster riders in certain parts where they are faster... but a second and a half to 2 seconds... thee honda and yamaha boys are going to disapear into the distance... again... and with how Clow/Dovi and Bautista are running the ducatis are goign to be to busy fighting satellites to think about catching the front 4.... the best Rossi fans can hope for is people to fall off or for Rossi to get a good start and play big red roadblock again

vale2012 - Unregistered

March 25, 2012 11:19 PM

Hi guys,

This question is off-topic, but you are a knowledgeable bunch of guys, so...

I was watching an old re-run of the 1996 Imola MotoGP race on TV. Doohan won that race on a Honda. But I was surprised to see that Okada's Honda had a 1-side only swing arm at the back (not sure if that's the right technical term). I didn't know that this existed. What were the advantages and why is it not still in use?

Could be the answer to Vale's problems...

Thanks for your answers.

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