MotoGP » Rossi: We have a base to start from

"By the end of the three-day test in March, we had found a decent set-up for the GP12, so we have a base to start from" - Valentino Rossi.

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2011 Jerez - Unregistered

April 24, 2012 11:31 PM

Lets just hope he doesn't do to any rider what he did last year.
It was Stoner's only non podium.
No rider in the field deserves that.

Rossi's main aim should be to beat Barbera.

I think we will be in for a Pedrosa/Lorenzo battle up front.


April 24, 2012 11:32 PM

Lets all hope Rossi has a good base line from winter testing at this track, from what I have read in the media his main problem is feel in the front and he can't push as hard as he wants. At Qatar he said there was to much weight on the rear, it sounds to me a confidence thing at the moment, as from his previous comments he didn't think the factory was following his advice in what direction he wants the bike to go in. Apart from all thats happening I would like him to be up front, it's sad to see a champion near the end of his career running at the back.

Danimal - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 12:06 AM

Who's he kidding. He's been Ducatized. His career and reputation is gonna get broken like Batman's back this summer. Melandri (never the same), Kalio (Motogp career at highest level nipped b4 it started), DePuniet(on CRT life support),Capirossi(career death blow),Hayden(being eaten alive as we speak and yea so what he was sixth in Qatar +28.413 slower and 11 secs from fifth)its a career killer. At least Rossi got massively paid though.

in the know - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 12:41 AM
Last Edited 1259 days ago

2 smiling asassin,the other guys cant set their bikes with weight at the front,cant be done,the fuel sits too far back in the bike even some under the seat(fkn stupid i know ducati designers again)making it heavy at the rear,not enough weight at the front,little grip loading the tyre,thus when the race goes on and the fuel gets less(less weight at the rear) Rossi can ride it a little better/faster at the end of a race,its not tyres at all,any decent designer knows this is wrong,they cant play with it ,what they can do is change to a smaller engine(dramatic),or a new larger frame designing in room/space ,for an upfront/up top fuel cell/tank, fk i could do that,ducati are always seeming to reinvent the wheel,simple redesign would do wonders
Removed name calling.


April 25, 2012 12:42 AM
Last Edited 1259 days ago

As soon as they quit making major changes to the bike, things will move forward because they can finally begin the process of incremental changes and have a decent baseline to work from. But alas, there are probably more major changes to the engine. Not only to allow the engine to move forward but the centerline of the crankshaft has a huge effect on handling. And that will upset the cart and he will have to learn how to ride the thing yet again.
BUT once they get it close then they can tweak and tweak each and every time he rides it. Then and only then will we see real progress.


April 25, 2012 12:47 AM

@ Krusty

Unwilling, not unable! It's understandable because that isn't the way he achieves consistent laps, and highsiding isn't Rossi's cup of tea.

With the knowledge that the front is the problem, I am curious whether or not the factor has tried a ballast to help weight the front!??!

TH3RID3R - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 1:03 AM

Let me make something clear to all the nay sayers out there. Nicky becomes a champion for Honda on bike that who developed? ROSSI. Lorenzo becomes champion for Yamaha on bike tha who developed? ROSS. Now Stoner becomes champion and to a certain degree that bike is related to the RC211V that who developed? ROSSI. The Honda is called RC213V. That's Racing Century 21 - 3rd Version in other words evolution of the breed. Thank you very much

Catch Up - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 1:38 AM

@ Spiney....Why hasnt Hayden done well.....Well if you had been around MotoGP long enough you would know that according to Rossi fans he cant ride and should have never won a Championship.
So I am surprised that you even asked this are a Rossi fan right ??


April 25, 2012 1:41 AM

@ Catch Up

Hayden deserved the championship win, however, he earned that one by the skin of his teeth (and a string of fortuitous circumstances). Nobody said that Hayden can't ride, but many have stated the he is average. Can you really argue otherwise with a straight face?


April 25, 2012 1:58 AM

The caveman invented the wheel for Rossi.
It will surely rain on Sunday.
Mike the bike and all the other greats hopefully up in heaven will be rolling around up there pi$$ing themselves laughing.

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