What happened this year
Well it's is obvious that Ducati and Rossi's team tried very hard to go along with Filippo Preziosi GP9 CF frame, and Rossi failed to come to grips as was every other riders, with the exception of Casey. Who came 4th on it in 2009 and 2010.
When Ducati's Preziosi stated that, "the basic idea is to abandon the classic concept of the chassis as the element that connects all other elements, in favour of a design in which the engine is the central element to which the main frame, rear sub-frame and rear suspension system are individually connected."
contd.....'On the GP9 the main frame is formed to connect the engine to the steering head. The main frame now also incorporates the air-box in one single construction. This monocoque construction allows the air-box to function efficiently within the main frame.
Choosing to utilise the carbon fibre composite technology to create the frame means that, on the one hand, one can mould the piece into the desired form without incurring enormous equipment costs and, on the other hand, varying levels of rigidity and torsional characteristics can be attained simply by altering the type, the number and the directional orientation of the carbon fibres, using the same equipment.
He could not have been more wrong in hindsight. It was a good bike for one rider, but that rider was never going to win another World Championship on it.
Enter 2012 after many many debriefs in 2011 from Rossi and Hayden and all the other riders. They all want to revert to the aluminum twin spar frame and have gotten it. On the first virgin test being down by 1.5 to 2 or 3 secs seem bad, but now the iterations will begin on the frame. Lets see at Sepang. The wait seems endless.