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If we look at the differences between the circumstances & how Yamaha & Ducati reacted when Rossi requested changes I believe we can see why Rossi did not make the GP11 a better bike.
Rossi joined Yamaha fully fit& Yamaha immediately made changes that they had previously refused to when previous riders had requested. They had almost unlimited testing closed season to test & develop the bike & it came straight out at the start of the season a race winner.
Rossi joined Ducati still injured & indeed 2 days after sitting on the bike the first time was undergoing surgery. Ducati said at the time thet the bike was "already developed" so just needed fine tuning for Rossi to get the best out of it. Almost immediately Rossi was asking for major changes to the bike but was knocked back and continually allowed not much more than minor changes. It took almost the whole season before Ducati relented and even then they did not give anyone a real chassis as requested instead only an alloy version of t