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There are merits to the trellis frame, simply because that type of frame technology is what Ducati knows best. The trellis-framed GP6 was highly competitive under Capirossi who could well have won the championship that year if he hadn't suffered that massive crash at Barcelona. The GP7 was also a trellis frame although the real reason it was so dominant was the use of electronics to run the motor on ultra-lean burn to maximise fuel usage and give them a major horsepower advantage. The problems really started when they went to the carbon-fibre monocoque frame on the GP09 & 10 which was simply too stiff. Instead of going back to the trellis, they went (at Rossi's instigation) to an aluminium frame, Nothing wrong with that, but they are playing into the hands of the Japanese who have 20+ years of experience in racing aluminium frames whereas Ducati has none. Having opted for that type of frame, they are now trying to play catch-up and going through an extremely steep learning curve.

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