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Rossi's bike built

Valentino Rossi's mechanics assemble the Italian's 2011 Desmosedici.
All this week Valentino Rossi's team of mechanics, who moved with him from Yamaha, have been at Ducati HQ in Bologna assembling the Italian star's 2011 Desmosedicis.

"Both Nicky's guys & us are here building next year's bikes," read a Twitter post by mechanic Alex Briggs. "This is basically the same thing that we did at Honda & Yamaha. It's not special to this year. The other factory teams will all do the same anywhere from now till February.

"By doing it at the factory we have a great chance to speak to the designers & engineers about ideas to improve for the future. The bikes we are building now are the base & will evolve all year. This is also normal.”

According to Briggs, Rossi's bike was started for the first time on Thursday.

“We were just about to fire up the bike before lunch, & JB [crew chief Jerry Burgess] said. Wait! If she don't go we won't get to eat lunch (that's why he gets the big $).”

A later post, after lunch, read: “For the record the Riders bike started no prob at 2:05 PM today.”

While the bike may be ready, don't expect to see any pictures of it until the official January launch.

“I know u guys are dying for a photo of the bike. But if I do that before the team launch in January, the only dying around here will be me!” joked Briggs.

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December 10, 2010 7:29 AM

One can pretty much guarantee it is already a much better bike than it was last year. Watch out, this is going to be a hell of a year. These guys know what they are doing.

Joe Blow - Unregistered

December 10, 2010 8:20 AM

Preziosi on Rossi's Ducati Test: "I asked Val a favor: Not to work on searching for lap times because that requires time to work on all aspects of set up. The main goal for that test was to decide which firing order we use. We don't need to be really fast until Qatar." "Valentino is very accurate in his feedback. But even so, the most surprising thing about him is the way he describes what is happening with the bike and how calm he is. He found the good things in all the configurations we tried and he explained why the bad things were not working."

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