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Ducati reveal development schedule

"We will not have the total package at Mugello. This is unfortunate, because Valentino likes the race a lot and it is our home track" - Filippo Preziosi.
Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will have to wait until round ten of the MotoGP World Championship, at Laguna Seca, for a full package of upgrades to the Ducati GP12.

That was the verdict of Ducati Corse general manager Filippo Preziosi, who said that a series of technical developments - including a new engine specification for improved drivability - will now be worked on in upcoming tests at Mugello.

Speaking after Monday's post-race Estoril test was abandoned due to poor weather, Preziosi explained:

“We are working on improving the driveability. Part of this is an engine that has more torque at low rpm and less power at high revs, to help when you open the throttle at full lean.”

This could also improve the understeer issue, one of Rossi's biggest complaints with the GP12.

“A smoother response could help avoid understeer, but we are also doing some other activities on the chassis side to reduce the understeer,” said Preziosi.

"We think we will end up with a complete [upgrade] package for Laguna Seca.

“The plan is to test at Mugello with Valentino in May, and Nicky in May, June and July. July is a post-race test and May and June are private tests.

“We will test new things from the first test, but some of the other things will only arrive in June and July.

“At the Mugello race [round nine, July 15] we will not have the total package because the engine driveability package is related to the use of the engine,” added Preziosi, referring to the six engine-changes (per rider) per season allowed in MotoGP.

However, Preziosi said the first of the new-spec engines could be introduced for the mid-June British Grand Prix at Silverstone (round six).

“If the riders are happy with the changes, we are ready to supply the third engine for Silverstone with the new spec.

“The idea is to seal engine number three [for this season] in Silverstone and number four in Laguna, according to the mileage.

“So we will not have the total package at Mugello. This is unfortunate, because Valentino likes the race a lot and it is our home track."

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23452345 - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 7:59 AM

Funny, but Rossi is begging for that kind of engine since the start of the 2011 season... LAST YEAR! And Ducati this year brough an abrupt & wild engine, like always. If Rossi is angry, he got a very good reason for that... And Laguna seca!!??? Laguna seca? Man, they should have that engine Rossi is asking from the beggining of this year, from the start. Hey preciosi, you are a fool, you should be out from ducati! I want the head of Preciosi, Right now, you and the factory do what you like and don't listen to the riders. You were that fool that changed to carbon fiber that nobody liked! I feel sorry for rossi, for been in a team with those idiots.


May 08, 2012 6:35 AM
Last Edited 140 days ago

“We are following the direction he (Rossi) suggests at the best of our capability, which is not enough right now to be faster than Honda. But for sure we will try in the direction that Valentino shows us. We give Jeremy 100% freedom to define with Valentino what the best set-up is. As Ducati, our duty is just to supply material." - Preziosi Translation "If the new changes dont work blame Rossi and Burgess" Great job covering your ass Preziosi :)

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