Jeez there's some deluded souls in MCN land
or perhaps they're in the main simply thick. Well actually truth be told they're both.
MotoGP is an inherently conservative game. Revolution rarely happens. The last time we saw that was the bold introduction of the CF chassis on the D16. A concept still far from fully explored. Anyway Rossi tantied this chassis away to be replaced by the ubiquitous aluminium beam frame for better or for worse. I for one hope the C-F gets a parallel development either this year or next. This is a real area of potential benefit for Audi also.
So Gobmeier states there is much they still need to explore with the current chassis configuration. That's not to say that Corse are running pure 2012 machines. The 2013 models will have incorporated small modifications (mainly electronic as it sounds). Corse starting with semi-known material is quite normal. It's not like Rossi pushed the performance envelope with it last year to give truly meaningful feedback. Two seconds slower than cripple Stoner at Philip Island, running CRT times is a disgrace. The D16 is far better than that.
If you listen to some of the fools on here you'd think YMC & HRC churn new parts and chassis' constantly. Utter nonsense. Yes O.K HRC is at times the exception, as for example they brought Dani something like five chassis' and three swingarms at the start of 2010 to test. But in 2011 he mainly ran his end of 2010 chassis. 2012 HRC had the same number of chassis' as Ducati - three, and still didn't fully solve their chatter issue. Their riders adapted. That's what class does.
The M1. That thing is barely changed since the day Furusawa first rolled it out 2004. Rossi spent six months bleating about chatter in 2006. No magic, no endless supply of chassis' as professed on here to fix the problem. Or another example; Rainey reverting to the ROC chassis way back as he was disgruntled with the factory frame. The M1 has had measured incremental improvement during its lifetime. Look how it's taken them almost two years to develop a seamless gearbox in the manner of HRC. Ducati responded to this technical jump much quicker. So please, really, don't give me that 'the Japs jump and voila instant improvement' BS. Overnight magic is fairytale land for Oompa Loompa's.
I'm with Gobmeier. There's untapped speed and potential in the D16 as it is. Once understood then the Audi engineering muscle can come to the party.