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Vittoriano Guareschi - Q&A

And now you're a team manager. What did you think when Ducati asked you to step up to management of the MotoGP team? Not many test riders get that kind of chance...

Vittoriano Guareschi:
Yeah exactly. It was kind of like 2002, because it made me feel like I had done a good job.

And it was natural for me, because the Ducati pit box is like my home. Everyone is my friend. Working in the garage is easier for me, dealing with big management is more challenging. I like to be with the riders and mechanics. This is my natural habitat.

80-90 percent of my time is spent in the pit box. This is very good. I also think it is important for me to continue to ride the bike, because it is more easy for me to stay close with the riders, mechanics and engineers.

I understand what the rider means when he returns to the box and speaks to his chief mechanic. This is a big advantage I think. I want to continue to ride the bike so that I can stay close to the rider's head.

Q:
You were testing the bike before these Sepang tests, what improvements were you able to find?

Vittoriano Guareschi:
We make a new anti-wheelie strategy. Two different set-ups. A different fairing. We worked a lot. Normally the test team will try ten different things, but maybe only two of them will make it to the race team.

The test team job is important because the rider doesn't lose time [testing developments that don't improve the bike].

Q:
How much has the bike changed since Valentino Rossi first rode it at Valencia?

Vittoriano Guareschi:
After Valencia we made a different seat, different handlebars and footpegs, because the riding position is important. The work is not finished, but the position is now comfortable for Valentino.

We also produced one swingarm, one different frame, one different triple clamp - but at this moment he hasn't tried them. He only moves his position and the balance of the bike, but no other changes.

Q:
Just small changes?

Vittoriano Guareschi:
Yes small changes. Only normal setup changes.

Q:
Looking forward, and given Valentino's shoulder and sickness today, what do you think is possible for the start of the season?

Vittoriano Guareschi:
I think everything is possible. Valentino's shoulder is improving every day. The muscle and feeling is better. I think for the first race it is possible for Valentino to be 80-85% fit - and even with Valentino at 80% everything is possible.



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Dooooooood - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 8:53 AM

"Rossi owns sepang and he's 9th on the duke, that is the bike not the rider.." Not if you believe the constant shoulder references. Stoner left a winning bike, Rossi may just be another in a long list of guys who can't ride it.

norville2 - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 9:51 AM

This board is still full of cluesless people and their opinions, without any respect for teams and riders. We all have our favorite rider, but it is really becoming boring listening to the boring poeple here slagging off Rossi and Duati.... GUYS IT IS ONLY TESTING.....YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT DUCATI AND THE OTHER TEAMS ARE REALLY DOING....



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