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Matthew Birt  says:

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi reflects on another front-end crash

Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow’s Sepang MotoGP race from ninth on the grid after he suffered yet another front-end crash with Ducati’s factory Desmosedici machine in qualifying. The Italian, who has crashed out of the last two races in Japan and Australia, was down on the tarmac again today in sweltering conditions at the long and technical Sepang track. Rossi lost the...

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R6nutter6

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R6nutter6 says:

The bike is a dog Rossi! It's a turd you cannot polish. It's not the riders that need their heads examining, it's the bloody designer of the bike. No amount of fiddling is going to fix it. NEW CHASSIS DIRECTION NEEDED. lol

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Ivebeenthehero

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Horse head on pillow time?

 

Rossi was consistently a second or more quicker than Edwards when they were in the same garage. Does make you wonder where he would be on the grid if Tech3 cobbled a third bike together for him out of spares.

12 months ago Nicky Hayden predicted that if Ducati didn't win with Rossi then some engineers would wake up with horse heads on their pillows. Hmm. 

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cthwaites

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cthwaites says:

How many riders have been bitten by that Ducati? Melandri...Gibernau....Capirossi? It takes decent riders and ruins them. Hats off to Stoner but a bike that only suits one rider seems very limiting...

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caniborrowcaseyswife

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award

well im glad stoner has lost the whinging / moaner award this year....congrats vale !!!!

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ChupaChump

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ChupaChump says:

sounds like the L4 config is to blame then?

Lots of theories as to why the Ducati has front end issues. It's been blamed on the lack of frame, the use of carbon etc. etc. Surely it can't be as simple as the fact that most of the weight of the L4 engine is further back than an inline or V configuration so the front end isn't sufficiently loaded???

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R6nutter6

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R6nutter6 says:


ChupaChump says

sounds like the L4 config is to blame then?

Lots of theories as to why the Ducati has front end issues. It's been blamed on the lack of frame, the use of carbon etc. etc. Surely it can't be as simple as the fact that most of the weight of the L4 engine is further back than an inline or V configuration so the front end isn't sufficiently loaded???

Well whatever the problem is, Ducati need to sort it soon because they are becoming a laughing stock. I am a Rossi fan, however I do not have blinkers on and admire Stoner and the like because they have amazing talent. I watch him in awe on that Repsol Honda. However, Rossi did not win all his world titles by chance. He earned them as have all world champions. It's pretty sad to see a talent like Rossi struggling like this. The Duke certainly is a career waster for all it's riders. No wonder Stoner jumped ship.

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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

R6 Nutter

You're absolutely right, the Ducati has been the ruin in some respects for a number of riders and unfortunately Rossi at present is suffering a similar fate. I couldn't have been happier to see Stoner dominate this season, but like yourself, I think it's a shame that a talent the size of Rossi has been diminished to such an extent this season. For the show it's a better championship to have riders of Valentino's calibre fighting at the pointy end week in, week out. Let's hope they get things sorted out for next year...

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hugelean

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hugelean says:

Ducatis problem is the frameless bike whether you can build a twin spar with an L config engine and get it right is another matter. They've apparently already proved it's not the cf though how, when they are still so woefully off the pace is beyond me. Ducati have a great engine, great forks and the same tyres as everyone else they only thing they do differently is the frame, everyone else has proved time and again the twin spar is THE layout with in the current regs(it's won the last 4 titles at a canter).. I got presiozi first two seasons he was very close with a radical design massively impressive but it's gone on too long and he's made no more progress. if he had a decent Boss they would have shelved it mid season this year they had to give the first six months to the experience Rossi and JB had, albeit with a different design. Brand new bike at Valencia nothing less, just hope Presiozi hasn't been listening to himself and they started it a while ago.. If he turns up with the same design at valencia and the same performance difference I fear folk will start throwing cans at him.. Different is different, wrong is just plain wrong.. and the ducati has now made the full transition from Different to plain Wrong..

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ratchetman

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ratchetman says:

TRYER

Rossi has come in for a lot of critisismn since switching to Ducati but you have got to admit the guy is a Hero and a tryer.It must be pretty daunting to know you have to ride the machine Knowing you might drop it at the next turn. Hats of also to Haydon , Stoner and the rest of those guys who have ridden it, Seems stupid to me that in world super bikes they have the best handling bike but in moto gp the bikes a dog 

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

whine, whine, whine, blame, blame, blame

God forbid any of you striking at the heart of the problem - the rider.

If Rossi was head and shoulders better than all the other Ducati riders then there would be some justification, but he's not. He regularly gets out qualified by many of them, with his racing little better.

In fact when you look at it he started the season much stronger on the Stoner bike whilst still moaning about his shoulder. Ever since Rossi's been pulling the direction strings the machine has gone backwards. Burgess is right to criticise the vague nature of Rossi's feedback. And this is what Corse gets for their €15-20m investment.....

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