MotoGP » Rossi to explore new set-up at Estoril

"We'll see if we can take a step forward and improve our result somewhat" - Valentino Rossi.

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Codger - Unregistered

May 03, 2012 7:33 AM

Let's hope the weather gods are kind this weekend. The Ducati mob need good, dry track conditions soon or they'll never get the thing tuned in.
Re the new parts, I queried recently that a new frame would be needed to shorten and raise the bike as Rossi suggests that it is too long and too low which promotes understeer. If that is not forthcoming what is the alternative? I can't see steepening the head angle or shortening the swingarm helping. Have I missed something?

m78 - Unregistered

May 03, 2012 7:39 AM

As much as I would like to believe that a setup change would turn around his fortunes/misfortune, in general set up changes dont tend to knock 1.8 seconds a lap off and bring you 30-40 seconds nearer to a win


May 03, 2012 7:48 AM

Bottom line is, we of the public know nothing about what is going on at Ducati, but I will say it's a given Rossi needs to meet the bike at least halfway, unless the layout is completely revamped. I'm going to stop speculation there, because all I care about is having more riders elbowing each other for wins, especially on different bikes.

Codger - Unregistered

May 03, 2012 7:58 AM

M78, how right you are. Even a full weekends dry track time giving them a chance to get their bikes dialled in is only going to gain them maybe half that. Roll on the new parts and a dry days testing. Mind you the others will probably improve too. Am I right in thinking that the 1000's havent got down to 800' times yet?

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