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I think that VR and JB really underestimated the issues the bike had when they said that they could sort the front end in "80 seconds"... That comment was extremely arrogant and they've both had their piles pushed right back.
Rossi came third in a race prior to testing, he tested the Duc in the same physical condition as the race, During testing the best position he attains is last, Ducati admits that it was a poor test, meaning that the bike was not suitable for Rossi's riding style and no amount of tweaking over the test period improved the bike for his style, hence he couldn't push to find the bikes limit. Conclusion, VR and JB tell Ducati that major changes need to done to the bike for VR to be competitive, they are basically converting the Red Devil into a M1. The problem is, with such major redesigning it will be a totally different bike which will require lots of testing just to get a good "base" setting, then there's the fine tuning required for each and every track to be a "a