the wingless boeing
it's a fact that Stoner used less electronic intervention in his race set up while at Ducati however does it mean that the various boeing models are wingless??? or does it mean he is the greatest rider of the last 4 years - defintely not, and I personally do not think any Stoner fan is saying that - What I am saying he is a little more talented then he is given credit for and the fact his wins are credited to Ducati's superior electronics package, it being a bullet, and/or the best bike in the field are a load of bollocks which is more like your wingless boeing! I thought I would post this translation of what Stoner, Capirossi and Valentino's thoughts were after day 1 – thoughts on the ducati from www.moto.it
I was used to having to make heaps of changes, while now with the Honda I have to only touch a few things. Riding a Ducati is another thing totally and different from anything else: to enter into a corner/ curve I always had to force it because the motorbike didn’t want to turn. Here in the first laps with the RC212V I was so aggressive in the change of direction that at the first and second corner I almost was wearing the motorbike as a hat. Here it is a lot smoother. Last year when I was following the Hondas and Yamahas I was asking myself how are they able to take those lines, now I understand. With the Ducati you have to be aggressive, brake late and take risks.
At this moment – reveals Loris – the motorbike is not easy at all: there isn’t a standard base or set up and each rider is inventing something, following their own paths. I started with the set up we had at Valencia, then we made changes to the set up even some that were pretty radical, without getting any great benefits: I am struggling to brake and to turn in the last section of the corner. It is a motorbike with a huge potential, but we still haven’t found the right balance: Now I understand why Stoner, at times, would go straight
And finally, the calmest seems to be Valentino
Capirossi is right when he says that it is missing a good base set up. However I found the bike much improved than Valencia: there has been modifications to improve the front end feeling and the acceleration efficiency. In the first tests it would mono a lot and I was unable to give it gas, whereas now we have improved it a lot. In the afternoon we made a further improvement AND NOW I AM HAPPY WITH THE GP11. This is a motorbike that is different to the Japanese bikes, with it’s advantages and disadvantages: this is very rigid and stable, however in the rear it behaves like a different motorbike. In my opinion we do not have to change much: we need to take advantage of the positive aspects and improve the negatives. The DNA of a Ducati is such and will remain as such. Then it is about modifying it to suit my style of riding but also me adapting my style to the bike because you need to ride her differently, however we can do it.
Don't heare anyone talking about superior electronics or just being a bullet. I hear them say it is a very different bike and quite unique and also confirms that Stoner did a pretty reasonable job while riding the Ducati....