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Ducati cagey on GP12 changes

Ducati technical guru Filippo Preziosi did a great job of revealing very little about the radical new GP12 Desmosedici that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will debut when winter testing kicks off at the Sepang track in Malaysia on January 31. In a press conference that lasted close to an hour at Ducati’s 2012 launch at the Madonna di Campiglio ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 11 January 2012

New 1000s not a throwback to 2006, warns Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden has warned fans not to expect a throwback to the spectacular racing and tyre smoking slides of the 990cc MotoGP era when the new 1000cc world championship gets underway in Qatar on April 8. The last time MotoGP raced close to a 1000cc capacity was in 2006 when Hayden triumphed in a dramatic last round title shootout with ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 January 2012

Nicky Hayden confident on Sepang test fitness

American Nicky Hayden is confident he will be fit to make his debut on Ducati’s new GP12 when winter testing resumes at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on January 31. The American is currently recovering from a broken left shoulder blade and three broken ribs after he crashed at a private flat-track course in between Christmas and New Year. Hayden ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 January 2012

Valentino Rossi cautious on Ducati future

Valentino Rossi has no plans to quit MotoGP at the end of 2012, but insists it is too early to say whether he will commit his future to Ducati after this season. Rossi endured a nightmare debut campaign with the Bologna factory in 2011 and lost his proud record of winning at least one race in each year of his ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 January 2012

Valentino Rossi optimistic new Ducati will be competitive

He may have only seen a virtual version of Ducati’s new GP12 machine on a computer in Bologna, but Valentino Rossi is confident the radically revamped Desmosedici will help him compete for victories in 2012. Rossi will get his first chance to evaluate the new Desmosedici when winter testing resumes in Sepang on January 31. The new bike will feature ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 January 2012

Ducati happy with testing rule boost

New testing regulations for MotoGP will help Ducati try and bridge the gap to Japanese rivals Honda and Yamaha, according to the Bologna factory’s technical guru Filippo Preziosi. MotoGP bosses have relaxed the testing restrictions for next year, meaning Ducati can use Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden much more to develop the new GP12 1000cc machine. Ducati can use Rossi ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 11 November 2011

Broken wrist rules Nicky Hayden out of Valencia test

Nicky Hayden was forced to withdraw from today's crucial MotoGP test in Valencia after discovering he has broken his right wrist in two places after a first corner crash in Sunday’s race. The American initially thought he had escaped with no injuries when he was caught up in a first corner collision with factory Ducati team-mate Valentino Rossi, Randy de ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 08 November 2011

First pic: Valentino Rossi tests Ducati GP12 with new frame

Valentino Rossi has started evaluating Ducati’s new twin spar aluminium frame at the Valencia circuit in Spain this morning. The nine-times world champion was one of the first on to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit once wet patches had dried up under blue and sunny skies. The new chassis is a conventional twin spar aluminium version and has been designed to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 08 November 2011

First pic: Ducati’s new twin spar aluminium frame

This is Ducati’s radical new twin spar aluminium frame that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will test on the GP12 Desmosedici MotoGP bike over the next two days in Valencia. The Bologna factory has introduced a conventional frame to try and improve front-end feeling after a disastrous final 800cc campaign saw Rossi and Hayden score just one podium finish each ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 08 November 2011

Ducati to test twin spar aluminium chassis in Valencia

Ducati has confirmed that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will give a public debut to Ducati’s new twin spar aluminium frame during the traditional post race test in Valencia tomorrow (Tuesday). Desmosedici designer Filippo Preziosi confirmed the switch to a conventional frame during a special press debriefing at a cold and wet Ricardo Tormo Circuit this morning. Rossi and Hayden ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 07 November 2011

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