MotoGP » Ducati starts crucial MotoGP test at Mugello

Private MotoGP test starts for Ducati at Mugello.

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May 24, 2012 1:22 PM

Yeah when I think Italian I think Carbon Fibre, first developed by the Americans and Japs and funnily enough perfected and patented by the Brits. Oh and lets make a bike that is crup doesn't win is made out of a material that in no way relates to it country of origin and say hey that's not Ducati. What's more let talk about Stoner winning in 2007 but never coming close again to replicating that win with his failure to win another championship coinciding with every man and his dog going to Bridgestones etc etc. And finally let's not mention that the 2007 winning bike had a trellis frame (quite italian) I don't remember anyone going how un-italian to go to CF.

OzzyHuckle - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 2:31 PM

Stoner himself said the handling characteristics of one trellis frame to another varied wildly so dropping that type of chassis made sense.

On paper, the CF monocoque chassis should have been an improvement and somebody might still be able to make it work. Maybe the L4 + CF + current Bridgestone tyre was a bad combination?

I'm sick of hearing that Ducati race bikes should use prehistoric technology to retain their identity. Fair enough on their road bikes or superbikes but PROTOTYPE racing is all about using the latest technology that manufacturers will use on their other offerings at a later date....

ja - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 2:32 PM

i myself can't see the advantage of CF over Ali
but checkout nicky on an all Ali GP12 hopefully we will see it at the next race
forza ducati

scca_ziptie - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 3:15 PM

I'd like to see the lap time comparison of the 1199 WSBK and the GP12. Probably a lot closer than it should be in the dry I'd guess.. Hope they get it sorted and that Troy has a go in WSBK when the 1199 is allowed in.

motomoto - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 3:34 PM

jeez swissjudge, how do make up these things,, VW power?

Audi intentionally has nothing to do with the gp team. Other then now owning the building and the paychecks are drawn from a German bank,. NOTHING ELSE. Philip Morris still funds the project.

SJ - trolling up responses for fun - credibility zero

BallastTheTurd - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 3:58 PM

Audi has not motorcycle racing experience whatsoever to technically help ducati build a japanese beater overnight and if people are expecting their financial stability to turn things around on a dime then it should have happened the moment Marlboro opened the drawers and threw all their loot at them.

Just my 2 cents.

GregJ - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 4:14 PM

This argument about frames reminds me that at the beginning of the four stroke era forums and journalists dissed inline fours and 3 cylinders as crap for racing purpose and that a V4 or V5 was the cat's meow. 10 years later those configurations are winning races and championships.

I'd rather leave the engineering to engineers.

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