..carries 4 pages of excellent reporting on the ongoing Ducati situation.
Birty does a double spread interview with Bernie "The Bolt" Gobliar & Neil "Monotone" Spalding writes technically about Pirro's "Lab" bike and how HRC got their bike to eventually start handling well.
Great stuff and well worth a read..shame MCN don't put some of the very good articles from the paper, onto the website.
Here's a small transcript of Birts Gobmeier interview at the second Sepang test:
"In the last two years, Ducati tried to find a miracle cure with Valentino that was going to make the bike go a second faster. If you have the address of that supplier then please tell me! We should never forget how development work is done properly and this is really going step by step."
"Last time at Sepang we started with the existing bike to sort out what we can do with that bike to improve it"
"There were limitations with this bike as we know, so the situation didn't really change dramatically last year, which was to be expected."
So..Ducati knew Rossi's GP12 was a dog but did nothing to put it right from round 1 in Qatar to round 13 at Misano, in terms of the chassis..and Gobby says this was to be expected?
Miracle cure?..They brought absolutely fk all to the table for Valentino for 2/3rds of a season.
No wonder they exhausted the supposed mountain pile of bits made specially for Rossi at the first test, without any improvement.
The new for Sepang Two updates - repositioned ECU & shorter tank - were never made available to Rossi after Mugello where they were first tried as a combination, but the ECU failed just half a lap into testing.
Despite less than a lap on the bike, Rossi said he felt improvements but never got to try the upgrades again.
The new COG & weight distribution changes that have been credited with cutting the gap at Sepang Two..came from Rossi's 2012 feedback but were held back because they knew he was leaving.
Ducati kept them back to make it look as if they had improved after he had left..thereby seemingly backing up Gobsheisters digs that Rossi's direction was at fault and taking the heat off themselves.
What a bunch of fkin snakes. I hope they rot and go bust. I'll never ride, let alone buy another Ducati for as long as I live.
Burgess said, "You do nothing, you get nothing"..then they all packed their bags and went back to Yamaha. Hardly fkin surprising now, is it?