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Numbers: Rossi’s first Ducati season

A lot has been written about Valentino Rossi's disappointing first season with Ducati in MotoGP this year, but it all boils down to the following stats...
Valentino Rossi and Ducati: 2011 MotoGP season
No. Grand Prix: Gap to pole, Gap to victory

1. Qatar: 1.500s (9th), 16.431s (7th)
2. Spain: 1.428s (12th), 62.227 (5th)*
3. Portugal: 1.110s (9th), 16.555s (5th)
4. France: 1.053s (9th), 14.564s (3rd)
5. Catalunya: 0.810s (7th), 7.371s (5th)
6. Great Britain: 3.761s (13th), 64.526s (6th)

Rossi switches to the modified Desmosedici GP11.1
7. Netherlands: 1.846s (11th), 30.684s (4th)
8. Italy: 1.868s (12th), 26.450s (6th)
9. Germany: 1.639s (16th), 27.576s (9th)
10. United States: 1.033s (7th), 30.351s (6th)
11. Czech Republic: 0.776s (6th), 12.632 (6th)
12. Indianapolis: 2.125s (14th), 55.345s (10th)
13. San Marino: 1.538s (11th), 23.703s (7th)

Aluminium front-section replaces carbon fibre on Rossi's bike
14. Aragon: 1.509s (13th**), 39.832s (10th)
15. Japan: 1.200s (7th), DNF
16. Australia: 2.005s (13th), DNF
17. Malaysia: 0.933s (9th), N/A
18. Valencia: 1.617s (6th), DNF

* Fell and remounted
** Engine penalty meant a pit lane start.

Using the above figures:
Rossi's average gap to pole: 1.542s
Rossi's average qualifying position: 10th
Rossi's average gap to victory: 30.589s
Rossi's average race result (races finished): 6th

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mick - Unregistered

December 19, 2011 7:48 PM

This year was a real come down for Rossi and Burgess.I think they and the fans figured that Rossi was going to get on the Ducati and give the field a riding lesson.Instead they recieved a lesson in humility.People say Stoner only wins on the best bike.Well i think that it was proved this year that applies to Rossi more than Stoner.Put him on a difficult bike to ride and he looks quite ordinary.He and Burgess quickly realised just how good Stoner was on that bike.Everything they tried with it seemed to backfire on them and it was painful to watch at times.Will we see a different story next year? Watch this space.

soc67 - Unregistered

December 19, 2011 4:33 PM

So what do the stats tell you, the more he modified the bike the more he went backwards ,was a winning bike with you know who on it but with Mr Rossi very ordinary.

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