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Matthew Birt  says:

Rossi and Hayden back in testing mode at Laguna Seca

Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will practically revert back to winter testing mode as both prepare for this weekend’s US Grand Prix at the spectacular Laguna Seca circuit. The factory Ducati duo are likely to ride the old GP11 Desmosedici in California, while also using practice to carry out a back-to-back comparison with the radically revised GP11.1, which Rossi has been...

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Aug 02

Posts: 2319

Hedgehog5 says:

Testing what... the patience of their fans?

One bike each means bin one & it's back to square one with the other... I'm not sure Hayden will be happy with this 'cos it's a track he could go well at & it could easily wreck his chances of a good qualifying... good luck to them both... I feel they'll need it.

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May 07

Posts: 1

robyzf1 says:

Pre-Season Testing

Isn't it time to look at giving more pre-season testing back to the teams. The smaller teams will say they can't afford it and it puts them at a disadvantage but the current rules haven't really changed things for them. Also it would allow riders changing teams more chance to make bikes work for them.

Club racers get more testing time through track and tes days than the guys at the top!

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Sep 02

Posts: 437

wild_stuart says:

Little bit perplexed as to what and how Rossi and co. are effectively testing for the GP12 with the GP11.1 parts?

Memory serves, it's an all in one package, so the "throw" of a thou engine is going to be different to that of the current 800s, making the chassis developments a tad useless when they bolt in the new engines, no(?)

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Jul 10

Posts: 540

They should dig out the 2007 machine...

Because even in the hands of 'Crashy Casey McCrash' that was an unbelievable machine. Aluminium chassis was it? Screamer engine? I'm not sure the specs but it would be hilarious if that bike on track now was still competitive. Pretzol at Ducati has made some awesome machinery but the GP11 (stated to have been designed and built early 2010) is a dog. Hayden has been there longest now and still thinks its a dog.

So who exactly was in charge of the development of the GP11? It sure wasn't Rossi and doesn't sound like it was Hayden. Was it Pretzol man?

Laguna is a good track. One of the best. Hope Lorenzo has Dani in his sights this time and that the 'Duke Brothers' can get their shit together.

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Feb 11

Posts: 616

Milkybars says:

Leave no stone upturned

This is good for both riders. Rossi qualifying time of 1.23.3 was easily passed in the race by him doing high 1.22.9's. So the GP 11.1 must be looked at alongside the GP11. If JB makes it ti Laguna Seca, then he might have some setup things he mentioned earlier he could not try when Rossi was recovering and not at full strength. Hopefully, something can be fixed as the fight between the Hondas might sooner than later get their orders who must lead the race.

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Sep 10

Posts: 188

CameronLeeds says:


The only way to fix the Ducati is to get Stoner back on it.

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Sep 02

Posts: 437

wild_stuart says:


.. I've heard cries for going back to the trellis frame for a while now and from a horses mouth:

"Apparently Ducati's MotoGP engine is 2mm longer when warm than cold. Because the engine is the frame, it's why they can't get it to handle." - @neevesy33 on Twitter

Follow up: "Ascanio from Vyrus told me that. Rode his Moto2 bike round Misano today and it was simply amazing!" - @neevesy33 on Twitter

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Mar 10

Posts: 15

factoryboy says:


please ducati just get it sorted so hayden and rossi can get back up front and mix it up with the hondas and yamahas and give us all some thrilling racing the way moto gp used to be or soon the highlight of any race weekend will be moto 2 (or has that happened already) ! after all we dont want people saying so and so only won the 2011 world title because rossi was on a shit bike and surely the likes of stoner and lorenzo want to race with and beat the best on the way to a title.

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Apr 11

Posts: 3335

Bultoboy says:

The only people who will care about the view of 'they only won the title as Rossi was on a crap bike' will be the people saying it. No-one else will give a toss.

I'm really interested to see how the back to back runs of both bikes pan out over the Friday sessions. It could be difficult though, in the time they have, to make a valid appraisal, especially if they run one in the morning  and the other in the afternoon, as track temperatures etc. may affect machine performance. I'd guess they have to run them back to back in the same session.

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Nov 03

Posts: 470

kl595 says:

testing the wrong things

Can't wait to find out the removal of the carbon fbre airbox improves the front end feel. You just know the news is going to break........any day now.......


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