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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi thrilled with Ducati progress

Valentino Rossi's confidence that he will be challenging at the front on the Ducati GP11 machine in the early part of the new MotoGP season grew in Sepang today, despite the Italian finishing the opening day down in ninth position.With his right shoulder markedly improved from the opening Sepang test earlier this month and his riding style becoming more accustomed...

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  • Posted 4 years ago (22 February 2011 16:37)

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Feb 09

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chrisg011 says:


that ol'devil is back

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Feb 11

Posts: 180

davevr46 says:

lap time

rossi's time was  2m 1.999s with a race tyre on a ducati. he hasnt used a softer one.....

rossi's best time on the yamaha with race tyres was 2m 2.117s and he just happened to be the fastest yamaha. (sepang gp 2010)

why isnt rossi and ducati worried?

because you can only race with race tyres.



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Mar 09

Posts: 5193

Nostrodamus says:

Good to hear he's getting there

The GP11 body work has changed a fair bit too. Much lither than earlier. The machine looks better than it's ever done.

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Jun 08

Posts: 410


It is beginning to look as if we may finally be rewarded with a season of close exciting racing with several riders in the mix on at least 3 different makes of machinery. We could also have at last another rider apart from Casey that can get the best from the Red machine. Bring it on. Ciao

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Feb 11

Posts: 1

Rather Ominous

He is only a second off the Honda with a knackered shoulder and using race rubber... I am off to the bookies to get odds on him winning the first GP.... It all looks rather ominous to me, and I reckon his motivation is sky high as he has never been the underdog before, and would imagine he feels winning this fight would be his greatest achievement...  I am now excited about this season... should be good..!!

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Mar 09

Posts: 112

ginge46 says:


Testing as usual means little but would you really bet against him??? Not sure myself, its sure gonna be interesting this season hopefully Rossi's development skills will bring the rest of the ducatis up to some sort of strength so at least they  will be more competative and not just the works bikes up the sharp end!!! Cant wait for it to kick off, still think if Stoner dont start throwing it in the gravel he is gonna be a force to be reckoned with........

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Apr 10

Posts: 35

jono916 says:


You could also take it as Casey Stoner has won 3 of the last 4 qatar races, and should have been 4.

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wilf cook


Feb 08

Posts: 17

wilf cook says:

Great to hear

Nice to hear Valentino, getting a Feel for the Ducati, Good, All the Best.  Wilf@Anne

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Oct 08

Posts: 9

Bruno1200 says:

I thought the wings would disappear..............................

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Jul 10

Posts: 540

One hell of a force is coming...

Its a matter of WHEN not IF Rossi transforms the Duke into 'his' ideal bike he will have both the power and handling to take on the rest of them.

I'm tipping Qatar won't see him try and prove anything but see what he can do and finish as high as possible. He'll let the 'sibblings' fight it out and wind each other up. But come the proper Euro rounds I dare say it'll be the 'Doctor and the Duke' on top form at least enough to fight for wins.

Whoever thinks Stoners form means a Championship Title need to look at 2008, 2009 and 2010 to see how qualifying and testing are two very different animals.

Pedrosa for the Championship. ;)

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