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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herewego - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 8:40 AM

With the amount of electronic rider aids on bikes these days, a good bike is vital!! In the days when it was purely basic bike and rider, a good rider could get a bad bike to work using his skill and talent - but not anymore! Electronics kick in all over the place so stop this and that and help here and there, taking away a riders own ability to actually just "ride" the bike in his own way. Riders like Valentino,Melandri, Caparossi and others that were virtually brought up on bikes without any of these electronics probably hate all this technology and want to go back to racing bikes in their natural form, so struggle to some extent with it all. Younger riders who have been used to rider aids most of their racing life take it in their stride and can put their faith in what a computer is "telling" their bike to do!! Ducati need to look to the youngsters if they want a rider that can manage their bike as the electronics have taken away a lot of what Valentino, Melandri etc. excelled in wh

herewego - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 8:44 AM

@ Anklecurtains - what a load of hypocritical nonsense!! You are banging on about Casey Stoner and how brilliant he is because he won a championship on a Ducati and a Honda!! He has been in MotoGP for 7 years, so if he is so bloody brilliant, why only the 2 championship wins ???f Surely such talent should have won every year!!!! Yes, us Rossi fans will be harping on when we are old and grey - 9 championship wins, 9 championship wins, but you will be crying only 2, only 2 championship wins!! Spot the difference??

Anklecurtains - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 9:08 AM


Umm...? Exactly where in this post above do I even mention Casey Stoner's championships or describe his riding ability or mention Honda & Ducati? The only mention of Casey were his initials CS amongst JLo and DP... barely "harping on about how brilliant" he is. I even praised VR!
I guess though when you have a one-eyed view of the world through fluoro yellow glasses you were bound to only ever see it this way.

There it was - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 9:10 AM

@herewego. The difference is that Stoner won one championship on a brand Rossi couldn't(*) even win on....

(*)= Not expected to win for remainder of 2012 season and therefore the statement of no wins on Ducati is still valid.

Damien IE - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 9:29 AM

Hayden is a good rider - he's a MotoGP champion and you gotta be good to win.
As Stoner says maybe the bike needs to be ridden its way and not how the rider wants to ride it as how many good pilots have been on the Ducati that have won nothing or been injured trying too hard.
Look at Melandri as an example, top pilot and world class on the 990's and did nothing on the Ducati then went to old Kwak Hayate and done much better. Look where he is now in WSBK so the guy knows how to ride.
With Dovi's consistency up front how will he fare off next year or thereafter.
With Rossi back on M1 how will he fare off next year.
Time will tell if its rider or bike but to date all the results point at the bike as only ONE guy, Stoner has been able to compete on it and look what he did 1st year on RCV, blew them away. Kinda shows how special he is - apart from all the moaning and whining.

rolling stoner - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 9:53 AM

Rossi needs to get up to speed if he ever wants another world title, so may as well keep riding the Ducati as best as he can, be good for his moral if he could get on the podium soon... be funny if he won the last race of the season on the Ducati!

herewego - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 10:21 AM

@ Anklecurtains - I meant to add another poster to yours regarding Stoner/Ducati/Honda! However, if you think a rider's past makes no difference and shouldn't be mentioned, what is going to happen next year when Casey Stoner isn't there? Do you think he will just be forgotten about? Do you think his name and whatever he has done will just be history, never to be mentioned?? Don't be silly, it will be - Such and such has only won because Stoner isn't there, just think what Stoner would have done, Stoner this, Stoner that!!! A rider's past achievements will always be relevant, especially those of a rider like Valentino Rossi!!

steve incognito - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 10:25 AM

getting something out of the weekend like a top 3 is something rossi is used to . he can be sure of this at yam. not so sure at ducati. nobody races forever so he may as well get some glory again.
As for all this stoner stuff . why the hell do people keep going on about him. He obviously doesnt have a great love of racing and was just another miserable aussie on tour like doohan. At least rossi and many others love the whole motogp experience .

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