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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi looks ahead to crucial Sepang test

Valentino Rossi quickly turned his attention to a crucial first test of 2012 at the Sepang track in Malaysia next January after he finished over 1.5s away from the fastest pace during a two-day test in Valencia. The 32-year-old experimented with a new twin spar aluminium frame for the first time in Valencia this week in a bid to eradicate the...

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hugelean

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hugelean says:

Do we know if the new testing regime is in place now?? can the factory boys test the rest of this year or is it break till sepang.?. Gonna be a long wait for the Rossi fans myself included desperate to see some significant improvement but the bike being as good as the 4 year old frameless one and immediately offering more front end feel has be considered a step forward..You can see even from the video and rider comments that there a massive areas of improvement available to ducati.

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TrumpetTriple

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hugelean

Testing ban in force until Sepang at the end of January .... but after the official tests and once the season starts there is any amount of testing allowed in season.

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stompmyduke

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stompmyduke says:

Not the final Version

The factory testers at Bologna are testing like mad to get what seems to be a radical (for them) new bike ready for Sepang. Rossi has hinted at this when he mentioned weight distribution as being the important factor. The current L-4 config of the Duke engine limits the range of weight distribution available - we could see a conventional V-4 next time out.

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Eddy998

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Eddy998 says:

Unbelievable!!!!!!!!

Rossi, after pestering Ducati into spending a fortune on developing a new aluminium chassis now says, that the problem is not the chassis!!!!!!!!!!!!! That there is no difference between the CF stressed chassis and the twin spar aluminium chassis, that he has been craving for all year, as the answer to his dismal performance!!!!!!!!!!!! I did say that before that, when he got his aluminium twin spar M1  Yamaha chassis, he would then blame it on the engine!!!! How much longer are Ducati going to put up with this???????? He's lost the plot!! Everything is a problem apart from him!!!!!!!! The sooner his contract expires or he leaves,the better for Ducati!!! It's going to be 2 year's wasted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When is someone going to realise that it's not working!!!!!!!!!!!!Ciao

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chipsandgravy

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People seem to be using the term 'data gathering exercise' and tying it in exclusively with Ducati. Is it not entirely inconceivable that the Honda boys (and everyone else) are doing the same thing and purely 'gathering data'?? If I were a betting man I'd say Stoner and Pedrosa have kept just as much in the locker as anyone else at this point. Whichever way you look at it, 1.6 seconds is 1.6 seconds, a huge deficit even at this early stage. Forget waiting till Sepang, Ducati are under the pump more than ever right now.

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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

Eddy

If it weren't for the fact that everyone who rides that bike struggles, somewhat vindicates Rossi in my mind. The Ducati is obviously flawed, and although it's dented VR's reputation to a certain extent, I still think that with the weight he and his team carry, he's the only one to take that bike further. Let's face it, do you really think the powers that be at Ducati would throw that kind of money at Hayden or Crutchlow or even the late Simoncelli? He's the only one...

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Eddy998

A relevant fact here is that the CF/ally monocoque frame restricted them to a single engine design & position (which is why when they modified it to ally he had to start from the back of the grid with a new engine)... the twin spar allows them far greater flexibility in engine layout, design & mounting position... so I think what they're saying is, yes, the frame was the problem... now that's fixed they can sort out the engine... but it's more egg on their faces they could well do without.

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revnev7

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revnev7 says:

Money to burn.

                   I`ve been reading about the bloke in charge of Moto gp,No not Rossi,that other geezer,and his suggestion,[ seriously],that he wants proddy bikes from 2013 and no Prototypes.Why would the factories spend stupid money on bikes for one season?Why change from 800s to 1000s , to save money for the Private teams? I dont think so.Have we not had 1000s before? those in charge of the so-called top class of m`cycle sport are a bunch of comedians.          Anyway back to the subject at hand,Rossi at Sepang test, I`m willing to bet that Rossi will finish in the top two in the Works Ducati squad.

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vonich

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vonich says:

hmm..

Did Rossi sound really worried already for next year? Well, Believe it or not if the result next year remain the same. I will not be suprise to see Rossi crawling out of Ducati garage with his crew back into yamaha garage with masao beside him mentoring him.

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Carlosoul

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Carlosoul says:

More of the same...

next year is my prediction, his riding style is too smooth for that bike, he needs to throw it around more like Stoner did. Until then he will always be mid pack at best, shame.

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