MotoGP » Valentino Rossi realistic heading to Catalunya

“Although it's hard to imagine another podium, we must still do our best to finish with the front riders” – Valentino Rossi.

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Worsethanoob - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 6:59 PM

Rain is the great leveller when it comes to bikes,the ducati being a bit loose under him probably suits valentinos riding style but lets face it the results at le mans are not an indicator of what the ducati will do in the dry!!!!!
A top ten finish is probably the best he can hope for at catalunya,i would love it to be different but still a lot to do to get the duc anywhere near as competative as the honda and yam.
Stoner,lorenzo,dovi,pedrosa and crutchlow will disappear into the distance in the dry.
Lets pray for another wet one haha


May 30, 2012 7:00 PM

I am wondering if we will see the aluminum swing arm for the race. It is relatively easy to mfg and if it made a difference we should see it.
And maybe just maybe the nature of the track will make the Ducati NOT want to spit it's rider off at the apex of the corners.


May 30, 2012 7:25 PM

@ Saint

You're the one who issued the epithet, not me.

@ TedG

I've been wondering the same thing. If they can just fine tune the entry/exit in dry situations, I think they will have made more progress during this season than they have all of the prior seasons combined.


May 30, 2012 7:42 PM

"Agreed,Rossi was brilliant at lemans.But it has a lot 2 do with the ducati.remember Stoner on the ducati has won all wet races since 2007 except 2009 Donnington because ducati forced stoner&hayden 2 use race tire while others used rain.even then rossi & lorenzo crashed.DUCATI might be crap on dry,but it has 2 be the best bike on wet."

Do Le mans 2007, Indianapolis 2008 and Le mans 2009 not count then?

Aside from this, Rossi will be buoyant and I expect he's started reasserting himself as best Ducati, but sixth is probably the best he can do for raw pace assuming the Tech 3's carry on. That would be if Spies still isn't sorted too.


May 30, 2012 7:45 PM

i cant see all the fuss over rossi?? we all know he can race, love him or hate him the battles he has are jaw droppers..fact is when rossi was injured with a broken leg motogp followers dropped off in droves..remember a man is only as good as his tools...


May 30, 2012 8:17 PM
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@Realist, gotta agree, they really need to work on the acceleration on corner exit, the Honda and Yamaha are just so strong.
As for Rossi in the wet, I am of the opinion that the Ducati is still no match for the Honda and Yamaha but it ain't bad. The big difference would have come into play if qualifying was wet, then Rossi would have done much better. But we would not have seen the battle we did, runaways suck.
Tire management in the wet is mostly in the wrist and dictated by the loose nut behind the clipons. Traction control most likely would make tire wear worse because it wants to hook up.
I am still of the opinion that the CF swing arm was/is part of the problem, CF releases energy much quicker than aluminum and could have been part of the reason it would tuck unexpectedly mid corner. Instead of releasing the twist gently like aluminum, it would suddenly release it and upset the bike. Just a theory.

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