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Ducati ‘on the right path’

“Everything that the Ducati technicians brought worked, and that means that we're on the right path” – Valentino Rossi.
Having tried Ducati's latest electronic updates during the Portuguese MotoGP weekend, Valentino Rossi and team-mate Nicky Hayden set about the more complex task of evaluating a new chassis and engine - as well as the 2012 Bridgestone tyres - during Monday's official Estoril test.

It was a big day for the under-pressure Italian team, which took a podium with Hayden in the wet of round two at Jerez, but is yet to fight for leading positions in the dry.

Fortunately for Ducati, Rossi - who matched his best finish of the season with fifth place on Sunday - gave all the developments his seal of approval.

In particular, Rossi singled out the chassis changes as finally making a predictable impact on the front-end behaviour of the GP11.

“It was a positive test because the new updates were immediately better,” said Rossi. “The bike was more sensitive to changes made to the front, which makes it easier to work on a set-up that works better for me.

“I realised that as soon as I got on the bike and then, over the course of the following hours, we constantly progressed.”

Rossi is likely to use the new chassis from the next round at Le Mans, on May 13-15, but the limit of six engines for a season means he will have to wait until the mileage on his existing powerplants has been exhausted before running the revised engine.

“We also had an engine with a slightly smoother power delivery that I liked a lot. We'll start using it when the rotation plan allows it,” confirmed Rossi, who also liked the 2012 tyres: “They seemed very good”.

The seven time MotoGP champion was fifth fastest after his 82 test laps, but still 1.171sec behind Honda's Marco Simoncelli.

The Italian megastar confessed that the size of the gap was troubling, but insisted he and Ducati are now getting into their stride.

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Azee - Unregistered

May 03, 2011 11:54 AM

Ducatis former rider also spent a great deal of time inspecting the ground u stoner fans amuse he hasnt had a decent season since he won 08 why u brag is beyond me are you still in 08 its 2011 get with the program

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