Mmmm, Mugello Part 2....
"This bike is very difficult to ride and Stoner rode this bike in a very good way, also because he was five years with the same bike. For all the riders that come from a more normal bike, it is quite difficult and I think mainly that bike has arrived at the end of its development. With this one (GP11.1) we have more space to improve the bike."
Rossi’s right here, Stoner basically rode it a certain way that got the best from it. Respectful as Rossi is I’ll reserve judgement on Stoner in general (for now) but will say he was the best man for the newly developed ‘super fast’ 2007 Desmo because he had not had enough experience on the Motogp bikes or one manufacturers bike in particular to have formed ‘bad habits’ so therefore instantly ‘bonded’ with the Desmo and liked it. Then he had a further 3 years (not five years altogether like stated) to frutehr progress. That progress didn’t happen. The development didn’t happen and the bike ended up a pig for 2011. That’s all fair, factual fun.
“Rossi is hoping he will be closer to the front this weekend when he races on home soil for the first time on a Ducati at Mugello”.
And so is the entire world. Its time to show a little of that ‘9 times Championship flair’ he is (was) capable of on the Japanese bikes. As I’ve stated before though he is at the wrong end of his career to stick his neck out and risk ‘win or bin’ style that could well land him in pot for another few months like last year. He’s changes his style a little and wants the Desmo to meet him halfway. Can’t blame him as he isn’t 20 and doesn’t need the wins to develop a reputation anymore. Leave that to the ‘young guns’.
"Looking to the Mugello race we can see it in a more optimistic way and we tested this bike two times in Mugello with the 1000 engine and we did some good lap times. We expect high temperatures and we hope to be more competitive because we need to improve the result."
And the entire team will see if the GP12 and the GP11.1 are even in the same league. It will determine if it’s the chassis or engine that’s causing the biggest problems. It will be a good tester although I’d like to see Rossi fighting at the front because once he’s been up there personally think the second half of his year would conitnue the same.
As long as he’s got something a little competitive for Misano is Septemeber when I’m there I’ll feel better. I can’t wait to experience the Italian fans with Dovi, Rossi and Marco on track. Awesome.
Thanks for tuning in to ‘Ducati FM’ – we’ll see what happens on Sunday ;)