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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi anticipating difficult Indianapolis weekend

Valentino Rossi is anticipating another difficult race in Indianapolis this weekend, despite recent improvements to the performance of his factory Ducati GP11.1 machine. The Italian used new front-end parts at the last race in Brno and the modifications gave Rossi much more confidence in the braking zone and corner entry. He was still only sixth but he finished just over 12 seconds...

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  • Posted 4 years ago (23 August 2011 11:36)

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Nov 10

Posts: 1156

Elbowz11 says:


There could be some new guys at the front likes of Ben, Nick depending if Ducati sorts their bike out so it can compete with Yamaha and Honda we all should know what happened last time when a certain factory Yamaha man rode a 1000cc R1 he wiped the floor in WSBK.

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Jun 11

Posts: 942

Moaner says:


Hmmm - I am as baffled as you are and i too find it strange how both Hayden and Rossi managed to suddenly close the gap..

Maybe it has something to do with the engine usage, maybe they were holding off and not creaming the engine for all FP's and Qualifying in order to preserve the very few remaining engines in there allocation (still a long way to go to the end of the season with Ducatis limited engine options)? Could they have just turned the wick up in the closing stages of Qualifying once they knew they had a decent enough set up to get a better lap time and grid position?

Just a thought..

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Apr 11

Posts: 3615

Bultoboy says:

Yes, and a feasible one at that.

I guess though we'll never know how it happened.

Looking forward to how this weekend plays out and be interesting to see if there is any more progress

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