Flase dawns and fanboy misinterpretation..
Haha..funny how all the Ducati apologist are wetting themselves with the news that Neil Spaldings speculative hearsay that the 1000cc RCV is 90 degrees.
Their unbounded joy and glee that Honda use one by extension means that the Ducati isn't a sack of shit? That all their woes can be laid squarely at the Dainese boots of Rossi?
Let's not forget HRC have had their bottoms severely spanked by Yamaha's in line 4 for ten years.
Ducati's problem has always been the packaging of their motor and where they've put it. That big old front cylinder, topped with bulky desmo valve-gear, in the horizontal plane..poking through split radiators. The weight distribution, lack of feel, light switch power delivery and under-steer. The front end losses and complaints from every single rider that raced it.
Preziosi sitting at the feet of Furasawa making notes on the centroidal triangle, like a lamb to the slaughter.
It's a ten-year-old design that has dominated everything Ducati have ever done, fitting multiple incarnations of chassis around it..and it's way past its sell by date.
As has been said many times before, the benefits of perfect primary/secondary balance mark the configuration as having advantages..it's just Ducati haven't been able to fathom how to integrate it without the benefit of Bridgestone tyres built specifically for them.
Casey Stoner was a special talent..but even his fearless efforts to drag that bike beyond limits came up short in the end and he left.
Rossi can still ride a bike and has communicated more precisely than any previous rider the faults. Jerry Burgess is not a mug. Bologna listened but reacted too slowly and only now are doing what they should have embraced 2 years ago.
This news, if proved correct, solves not one iota of the problems Ducati have stubbornly ignored for years.
The stopwatch doesn't lie and 2 seconds is 2 seconds.