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September 16, 2011 9:03 AM

MotoGP » Rossi to try aluminium chassis at Aragon

An interesting interview with Stoner in the latest AMCN On the subject of changing to aluminium frames for the Duke's, Stoner said that at the end of 2008, he tested both an alloy and a carbon fibre front sub frame with almost no difference in performance so Ducati opted to go with the more modern material. What he didn't say was whether the sub frames were attached to the current mounting points or not. Interestingly he said "if they think the C.F. frame is bad, they should have tried the old steel trellis frame" This would seem to verify my observation in 2007 at Phillip Island that when Stoner was on the track, he looked like he was wrestling a bag of cats


September 15, 2011 3:06 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: Aragon expectations 'higher than usual'

There could be more to Rossi's comments than meet the eye The last copy of AMCN out yesterday shows a shot on the cover of Rossi testing on the 8th and 9th of September a GP11/12 with an aluminium beam frame. Apparently the frame has been built "at record speed" by FTR in Britain to Ducati's specs. They also claim, if testing was deemed successful, then the bike could be ready by Aragon


August 29, 2011 2:56 AM
Last Edited 1555 days ago

BSB » Brookes excluded for Rutter collision

Pretending Brooks can't ride is a joke, the guy's got some serious talent. When he raced in Australia he was regarded as super fast but no more aggressive than any other rider in ASB(and yes I've seen the accidents he was involved in a few years ago and to me he looked like a passenger on the thing for the the last 20 meters before he took that other rider out) I'm sure if brooks was British then it wouldn't have been an issue


August 24, 2011 5:38 AM
Last Edited 1560 days ago

MotoGP » HRC boss talks fuel importance

@Tax Dodger Hi pressure DFI was supposed to have been banned for the beginning of 2010 ..then wasn't. The registered poster "was" and I looked into it. Yamaha have a patent on this system and at the time, was the only DFI that could operate at over 10,000 RPM. My opinion is that Yamaha threatened to leave MotoGP (with Rossi) if Dorna had implemented a ban on ultra high pressure fuel pumps (a necessity for DFI) I am assuming they are still using it today (and maybe Honda have built there own system as well from their step up in straight line speed from halfway through 2010)


August 15, 2011 1:44 PM

MotoGP » Brno MotoGP test times - Monday 1pm

@ Facts!!! No, the old 990's (well the Ducati anyway) ran a bore diameter of around 86mm, the new rule is 81mm The other 4cyl factory bikes (at the end of the 990 era) were all revving to around 18,000 rpm so their bore and stroke ratios would have been about the same. IF next years engines are a full 1000cc, they will be lucky to be revving to 16,000 rpm (unless they use a shorter stroke and less capacity)

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