MotoGP » Valentino Rossi: I managed to have some fun


"I was able to approach the race knowing what to expect from the bike, and I therefore managed to push harder and get a little closer to the limit" - Valentino Rossi.

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Slide Rules! - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 9:04 AM

Codger, that is a terribly narrow minded comment from someone who has so much supposed interest in motorcycle racing. NO ONE can comprehensively say that any of the uniquely 'ducati' components have been the cause of the apparent issues that Rossi has had with the bike.
The history and allure of the series will be lost if engineers like Preziosi are hamstrung by the request for instant results from unadaptable riders.

Wasthatit - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 9:11 AM

It's quite possible that Ducati ditched the CF chassis (and using engine as stressed member) as a result of moving the engine position. Afterall, there isn't much room to hang everything off if you have a relatively large (L shape) engine within a short wheelbase. Alo, the use of a deltabox style frame allows designers to change things (engine position, weight distribution, geometry, flex) pretty quickly, whereas a 'engine as frame' design is much harder. These rules don't apply to formula 1 and they also don't apply to production based racing where the frame must remain standard.

Slide Rules! - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 9:12 AM

Codger, that is a terribly narrow minded comment from someone who has so much supposed interest in motorcycle racing. NO ONE can comprehensively say that any of the uniquely 'ducati' components have been the cause of the apparent issues that Rossi has had with the bike.
The history and allure of the series will be lost if engineers like Preziosi are hamstrung by the request for instant results from unadaptable riders.

Codger - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 9:42 AM

Slide rules, a bit harsh there. Especially posting it twice :).
Last year was spent exhausting all setup oportunities with no success. Changes have arrived but lack of testing has limited their progress but it is apparent that what they have achhieved is no more front end washouts, and a wider setup window. Nicky had electronic issues but in Rossi's case Spies held him up and actually baulked him at one point. Still only 6th would have been possible. So overall the package is at the limit of it's potential. Time for sacrificing their ideals I think.

Codger - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 9:50 AM

Cont. I read your last sentence as a thinly veiled attack on Rossi. Not needed in my view as Casey's adaptability and risktaking didn't improve the bike one iota. Not his fault at all but Rossi is employed to improve the bike to compete with the Japanese in more than one riders hands.
The laws of physics dictate that at the moment they all have reached the limits of engine power versus tyre ability versus frame integrity. Something new will emerge to make them get round a track quicker, unfortunately it will be either yet another rule change or an advance in electronics.

Tooteez - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 11:11 AM

@ Ausrossi I'm sure you will find that your early model Honda 250 was in fact a CB72.Which ceased production in 1968 if my memory serves me correctly.In 1968 the CB72 design was unashamedly copied and scaled up to a 750cc sport bike by, of all the companies ..Laverda..the SF2 750 which latter went on to win and place third and forth in the Barcelona 24 hour race 1971. They had a few sporty models. 1973 750 SFC. I think was a forerunner to the Jotta.SO, stressed engine frames are not entirely bad.BUT I wouldn't think of one for a modern race bike.Why dont you see what JB has to say about them . He knows ALL....NOT...GO CASEY...GO VALE...JB..FADE AWAY.

billace - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 12:42 PM

I believe that Ducati kows exactly what they have to do to run with the front group. Hire one of the three riders that has the skill and determination to be in the front group. That is what has been missing since Stoner left and no new parts to test will change that.

Codger - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 2:56 PM

billace, I fear that you are probably right. Nicky never really had a winning talent, and Rossi, if he has lost it (I don't think he has btw) then he wouldn't have to lose much to be a non podium regular. Those front 3 are running things at the moment but all 3 are beatable. Who by is another question.

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