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@some1 The GP07 Ducati had the same understeer problem that has plagued Ducati for a long time. Look at the relative performance of Capirossi on it. It had a power advantage, because at the revs they pulled, the Desmo heads worked better than valve springs. Then Honda and Yamaha developed pneumonic valves. advantage blown. Bridgestones helped it somewhat, but Yamaha (in particular) and to a lesser extent Honda, upgraded their electronics to make their bikes perform much better. They still had the fastest bike through the traps most of last year. And the least willing bike to turn, and the most precarious front end... Since they haven't solved these problems, they would have achieved a relatively small benefit from testing at CotA. They won't compete for a win yet, but hopefully, they come up with something at some point. The fact is, they won some races with the 990, and Stoner did amazing things on the 800, which Rossi only served to highlight by failing. I hope they come up with

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