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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March 26, 2012 1:35 AM

re: "I think it's more an esthetic thing. Does look good"

twas born from endurance racing and the need for quick tire changes. this benefit is of course moot in the "all sprint all the time" world of motogp.

Ago - Unregistered

March 26, 2012 1:41 AM

In the past Rossi often made up time in the race. He's never been a top qualifier or starter: he's a racer, not someone who goes round and round setting times.

I can easily see him cutting that 0.6 to the Yamahas in race conditions, and hopefully for the good of the sport getting on the back of Stoner as well.

Fingers crossed for a classic season!


March 26, 2012 1:47 AM


I understand what you are trying to say but in reality Rossi is MILES behind Dani and Jorge - not just Stoner. After Dani's first 2 laps and after Jorges 1st lap they were in the 1'40's for the the whole run of 27 laps. Rossi was in the 1'41's by his 7th lap and all his laps between 9-14 were in the 1'41's. And out of the only 14 laps Rossi did his last 2 were some of the slower laps. Jorge 27th lap was .046 from 1'39 and Dani's 27th lap was a .036 from a 1'39 - Rossi isn't close. If you look at individual laps may look close (if over .5 sec is close) but in race simulation he was dead in the water compared to them - and he's the one that didn't do a full simulation.

By the looks of things, on a good day Rossi will be fighting with Cal, Dovi, and Hayden - not the factory Hondas or Yamahas. And no, that's not a knock on Rossi but the Ducati just isn't there yet.

Natedoggius - Unregistered

March 26, 2012 1:49 AM

I had a vfr400 back in the day, had conventional forks up front and a single sided Spingarn At the back with big elf stickers all over it.
The rvf400 had upside down front forks and a single sided swingarm, still called elf,
Have I missed or misunderstood something?
I'm pretty sure it refers to a single sided rear hub?!?

nick881 - Unregistered

March 26, 2012 1:59 AM


I checked on wikipedia, ELF is a french design company who came up with the concepts for the Honda racing bike mentioned above. But the single sided swing arm on the VFRs etc were also designed by ELF.

nick881 - Unregistered

March 26, 2012 2:04 AM

@been there seen them all

Bimota make bikes with hub centered steering I think don't they? I remember reading a magazine article about it, although it offers some performance benefits like being able to brake deep into a corner and carry a lot of speed in they don't give much feedback to the rider which effects confidence.

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