MotoGP » Rossi concludes test, new frame for San Marino


“Based on the feedback Valentino provided, we'll bring a new frame and a new swingarm to the next race.” - Filippo Preziosi, Ducati.

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bjr - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 4:04 AM

Being the cynical person I am, I'd fully expect Rossi to put in one or two stellar performances in the last 2-3 races of this season.

This would allow him to vindicate himself by claiming Ducati finally listened to him which has resulted in a winning package. Develop the Ducati into a winning package? Job Done.

It will also allow his fans to attribute any success Dovi has (if any at all) to Rossi great development skills as "proved" by Rossi's much improved result in the final rounds of the season.

But Rossi could prove me wrong and finish each race of the season down the @rse end of the field like he's done ever since hopping on it???

Ausrossi

August 30, 2012 4:10 AM

There there baiting again. 10-6-4-3 (5DNFs in last season on Duc). Stoner gets off bike after 4 years experience and yes tests very well, Rossi gets on stone cold does not test well. Does not perform well in 2 seasons agreed. However, if you don't think that Honda made major steps (which it hadn't in 800cc while Stoner was on the Duc) in 2011 and is pretty much up there in 2012 (thanks to Pedro, whereas the proclaimed "can adapt to anything" Stoner has crashed twice this seasons and has injured himself and scurried back to Oz providing him with a very neat excuse for never having defended a title - despite being the best in the world), your kidding yourself. Add that in the mix and Vale podiuming infrequently is pretty close to the mean. I am not saying he would be doing better than Stoner on it but I think the differences would not be as massive as people seem to think.

fads - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 5:17 AM

whats the use in saying, stoner handed a race wining bike, the wins were only down to stoners riding, the bike is crap he will tell you himself, yeah sure rossi is refusing to push the bike like stoner did, did you ever see stoner pushing the bike, the bike was out of control during breaking and shaking everywhere no wonder he droped so many times and rossi's bike now is different have you seen him comfortably take a corner like the other guys ermmm no, cant even get a good lean and always going out wide even when rossi out breaks people he ends up going wide and loses the place he gained, sumfin is seriously wrong with that bike that why only the moto2 guys are eager to get on i just so they can break into the premier class, nicky has done prity good on it so far and look where thats got him, NO WHERE

pcxmac - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 6:27 AM

These are still early days for Ducati, they dont have the data that the Yam or Honda have, but they might be able to push the rear tire harder in the races to come, which might mean 5-10 more seconds by the end of a race. I would say 1/2 the time they can make up just by finding the right geometry/power/suspension/setup, and the other 1/2 will come after further refinements and data collection in order to smooth out the overall package.

Its exciting to see Ducati working with the chassis, I really hope their math is good and they start moving in a positive/consistent way. That said, this years tires are not really strong, so if Ducati end up with chatter in the front/rear it would not be surprising (like the aluminum swing arm.)

gt - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 7:22 AM

@Ausrossi
...if you don't think that Honda made major steps (which it hadn't in 800cc while Stoner was on the Duc) in 2011 and is pretty much up there in 2012 (thanks to Pedro...

Trying to belittle Stoner's achievements?

The 2011 Honda was pretty much the same as the 2010 prototype. Stoner was the only difference and took the title on his 1st attempt, just like in 2007. Between 2010 and 2011: Yamaha was the same, Ducati was the same. Very hard for you to accept huh?

@gt

07 & 11 were bike dominant years no matter who was riding em. Not taking away Stoners ability to ride as he exploited the Ducati and Honda in those years but there was very little competition due to the fact that the bikes he was on were quite somewhat at a level above the rest. I would say the entertainment of the challenges for the title in those years was at a minimum.

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