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Rossi looking to 'do better'

“Last year we had a difficult weekend in Germany, but of course my goal is always to do better every time we return to any track” – Valentino Rossi.
After two tough rounds at Silverstone and Assen, Valentino Rossi heads to this weekend's German MotoGP simply aiming to do 'better than last year'.

That shouldn't be too difficult, since last year's Sachsenring race saw Rossi qualify a season-worst 16th, then ride to ninth in the race. This year there are only twelve manufacturer riders and Karel Abraham is unlikely to be fit for Germany.

Last year's race also marked Rossi's third event on the modified GP11.1 motorcycle, which was later followed by a new part-aluminum frame for round 14, but the Italian is still waiting for such substantial in-season 2012 upgrades.

Rossi - who briefly tried an aluminum swing-arm at Catalunya - is continuing to struggle with understeer and rear tyre degradation, the latter possibly caused by trying to compensate for the understeer by sliding the rear.

“I like the Sachsenring track. It's difficult because it's slow and narrow, but it also has some very fast sections, in addition to big elevation changes,” said Rossi, who took one of his most memorable victories from eleventh on the grid in 2006.

“It's quite different from the tracks at the last two rounds, Silverstone and Assen, so we'll see where we stand with our bike. Last year we had a difficult weekend in Germany, but of course my goal is always to do better every time we return to any track.”

A test will be held after the following Italian Grand Prix, with new Ducati engine parts long penciled in for Laguna Seca in late July, although team-mate Nicky Hayden recently cast doubt on the size of the US GP upgrade.

Rossi was forced to make a pit-stop after a serious rear tyre problem at Assen, masking what team manager Vittoriano Guareschi feels had been some positive signs.

“At the moment, we're working toward being more consistent over race distance, and at Assen, if we exclude the problem that hurt Valentino, we saw some positive signs in that regard, though considerable work still remains,” he said.

Rossi, who took a wet podium at Le Mans, and Hayden are sixth and seventh in the championship after seven of 18 rounds.

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0op0p0 - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 8:55 AM

Rossi is ruining his reputation, giving up his titles and his championship mark with a Bike that not even his crew can understand, and with an idiotic and egomaniac factory that doesnt listen to anybody and they release the bike THEY want in a very long time. Almost year and a half for an engine that Rossi is begging from the beginning (just in laguna seca hes gonna have that engine), and the engine is crap anyway. Rossi, do yourself a favor, get a Yamaha or Honda seat if you can... or you will be remembered as the poor guy that could never ride that Crap, the Ducati.

both ways? - Unregistered

July 04, 2012 9:24 AM

Oh for gods sake will people stop bleating about how Ducati are to blame for this that and the other. They've brought in more changes, including a complete re-design, and done more testing since Rossi joined them than in the entire four years that Stoner was with them. And are the Rossi supporters seriously suggesting that all this work was carried out with absolutely no reference at all to feedback or instructions given by Rossi and Burgess. If the bike is THAT bad (which I don't actually think it is) then Rossi needs to take his share of the blame also. Either way, he's not delivering what Ducati hired him for.

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