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A repeat of one of my old posts but at least there seems to be some discussion here.
Rossi had no experience of any of the Ducati race machines. 50 to 100 laps on everything from the GP7 forward would give him valuable insight into the development history, engine/chassis characteristics, the effect of the change to the carbon chassis and particularly the big bang, which I think is one of the biggest backward steps. He disregarded the screamer engine when he was not even physically capable of riding the bike at speed. In contrast to Hayden who was quite positive about it.
I cannot see any improvement in the performance of the Ducati as a result of Rossi's input. In fact all I can see is the opposite. Coming from all those years of riding what is arguably the smoothest machine on the track does Rossi's approach appear to be an analytical process or one that is emotionally compromised by a successful history on a completely different machine? My opinion is the latter.