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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi likely to race new chassis in Misano

Valentino Rossi is likely to race a new chassis when the MotoGP world championship resumes at his home race in Misano next month.The Italian spent a two-day test at the Misano track this week evaluating a new chassis and swingarm, which is the biggest single update on the Desmosedici since winter testing back in February and March.Rossi and crew chief...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (30 August 2012 10:07)

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Nov 10

Posts: 296

COZ69 says:


True think the tyres have a lot to do with i,t but it just dosent quite cut it anymore even in WSBK its been tuned to the best it can be engine wise dont see how they will bridge the gap on the jap bikes personly

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Mar 09

Posts: 52

oily1984 says:


Good point about tyres I'd also point out that Ducati just can't keep pace with Honda on the investment side, Ducati struggled to get new electronics sorted for Laguna whilst Honda brought an entirely new bike. Both updates to fix long standing problems the main difference being Honda seem to have solved their problem in a much shorter time frame and will now be looking at the next update package for whatever problem most ailes them now (Can't be that much given recent results).

Meanwhile Ducati are still working on the same problem, unless they get very lucky or a major overhaul of the rules occurs it looks like they'll move backwards unless Audi back them in the same way HRC is.

Cos 69

I'd reserve jugdement on the pangale until the rider line up is finalised and testing back to back with the Japs in pre-season. Honestly I think they're going to struggle but wait and see.

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Oct 07

Posts: 1306

hugelean says:

Is this another frame that they've built round the old engine designed as a stress member?? Are ducati even playing the same game as the japanese?? Probably not.. Ducati want to play with the big boys and will have to learn sooner or later. JB's comments on how they work made them look like BSA back in the day.... What Presiozi actually means is that he can only build a frame over several months if he continues to do things the way they always have... Still getting more press than they deserve..

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Oct 10

Posts: 484

racingfan99 says:

I wonder if this will finally be the actual frame VR and JB have wanted all along to move the engine position and weight distribution. Could be interesting. Too little too late though for Vale I reckon but could be a good step towards next year.

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