MotoGP » Dovizioso on Ducati: The bad point is now


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First of all it was not the same bike, if we remember correctly it was the GP11.1 which was a de-stroked GP12. The GP 12 felt better because it had more torque and got out of the corners quicker, meaning it spent less time cranked all the way over. The GP11.1 lost all that torque and the initial problems came right back because the 800 needs that corner speed. And for those touting the trellis frame, remember even Stoner said that no two were alike even when set up exactly the same. That is caused by too many welds. It is almost impossible to get consistency. And the trellis frame severely impaired the air box size. No, Ducati needs to go to a 72 or 65 degree V four, stack the gearbox, and get the mass as close to the center as possible. Then and only then can they move the engine around enough to get it right. Keep the twin spar frame and use the longest spars possible to mount the engine, this gives enough flex to absorb bumps when heeled over and prevent chatter. Lengthen the swin



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