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"VR/NH's advice/perspective(s) may be considered, but ultimately Ducati does what Ducati wants to do despite the feedback."
That maybe true now but let's look at what happen when they did listen to Rossi.....
After the Valencia test of 2010 when Rossi jumped on Stoner's bike and was dog slow, Ducati took his input back to the factory to knock up the "soft kit" before Christmas. And Rossi didn't even race the thing and dumped it off on Hayden. Then after testing the original 1000cc GP12 he wanted them to knock up some engines casing for the 800cc engine and shoe horn it into the chassis and the GP11.1 was born. And guess what? It was arguably worst then the bike Ducati had already given him in the original GP11. So not only did they waste a year trying to make an 800cc bike work but they had to start from scratch on another 1000cc bike because they ruined the first one.
How many parts, packages, chassis, and money did Ducati burn through last year listening to Val?? You can