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Before VR fans go ballistic at my suggestion that VR didn't aid development well for Ducati, I'll qualify the statement..
VR / Burgess wanted new frames and so on, which they got. Nicky worked with what he got given & concentrated on ste-up to get the most out of it.
We later learn that VR needed Nicky's settings to optimise his own bike. That has to cast doubts over the quality of VR's inputs and by extension the direction of development.
Ducati have to start somewhere though & there's limited time to do it. So they start 2013 with basically 2012's bike.