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March 18, 2011 11:56 PM

MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP - Friday practice times (2)

@RawDawg Pramac's website states their chassis as "Lattice of steel tubes. Aluminium swingarm." (at least that's what Google translated it to!) Here's some help with the translation "traliccio di tubi in acciaio" Traliccio is commonly used to described "pylons" that support high woltage cables. Lattice is the proper technical definition but I reckon the synonym trellis would fit the purpose better, Pramac uses steel trellis frames.


March 05, 2011 12:29 AM

MotoGP » Rossi: We are quite worried

@cyclopathic Thanks for the tip, I thought Gardner website was still under construction, always enjoyed reading his weekly review, he doesn't mince his words does he? Let's hope the Ducati Team, sooner or later, they'll find what they need to be competitive. Pity Suzuki is struggling and Kawasaki are no longer on the grid, let's hope the new 1000cc era brings them back. Cheers


March 04, 2011 8:32 PM
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MotoGP » Rossi: We are quite worried

@cyclopathic oh yes you are right, they've been called the Ducati setting I remember now. Anyway I think Rossi took the right approach, he tried. I would have done the same, we are all opinionated and being in his position (manufacturers tend to listen to him) I would have give it a go. To be that competitive they must be very proud too, looking forward to tonight Rossi's speech at the Ducati Festival in Bologna, according to Gpone he'll give his version of the situation going to Qatar. What I hope for is a great season, Rossi in the mix could just make it better.


March 03, 2011 8:50 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: We are quite worried

just a thought: could it be that Rossi is trying to make the Ducati to behave more to his liking knowing that if it all goes tits up he can still rely on historical Ducati data from Stoner and Hayden? I think the only thing that's stopping Rossi from taking chances on a Ducati with Stoner's setting is to crash and hurt himself again, completely understandable in my opinion. Rossi might be planning to start the season using a smoother but less competitive bike to then switch it on "Casey Mode" when fitness and confidence are back to the full. I find difficult to believe that a healthy Rossi wouldn't be able to ride Casey's Ducati with minor adjustments with reasonable results. I admire both riders, what they say on interviews doesn't interest me at all because where it counts, race day, in different ways they are equally good to my eyes. Rossi might look disappointed because his twists on the Duc haven't produced the desired results therefore it will have a non competitive start


February 06, 2011 1:39 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi just a few tenths away?

Just listened to Rossi's interview after 3rd day of testing (audio file in italian at gpone). Hope this helps poster to understand how things are going as often journalist translate what they think it's important leaving out interesting bits. After day one Rossi said he was losing 1 second on straights because he couldn't adopt a correct posture due to a rusty shoulder + having to break earlier than usual. After day 3 he was joking with the journalists and he said that the shoulder was doing surprisingly well and he could do 50+ laps. He then said "I can't say anymore that the shoulder it's taking a second away from my lap so.." he then added giggling "I can no longer say I would be 1st if we were to deduct that missing second brought by the stiff shoulder" The journalist then asked "how much are you losing then?" Rossi replied "I reckon I'm 5 or 6 tenths behind just because I'm out of fitness but the shoulder itself it's doing well" He sounded bubbly and positive not a almost

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