The blame game..
Ducati did try hard to accomodate Rossi..in 2011. It stopped there.
2012, the bike was late for it's own launch and when it arrived at Sepang1 last year..there was only a bike each for the facory riders.
That chassis remained the backbone of the GP12 for two-thirds of a season until Misano.
For a Manufacturer who knows their machine has understeer and front end issues and don't use the tyres effectively, given that they point blank refused to change the engine, that is a piss poor effort and is not responding willingly to rider requests.
Burgess said they needed new crankases to repackage the gearbox. The output shaft position must stay in the same plane as the swingarm pivot and rear axle..all three centre points must be in a line. They ran out of adjustment trying to move the COG where it was needed - remember Rossi's chopper bike - but never got the new cases.
The engine is the problem..not the chassis.
All the simple orange twats jumping up & down squealing that HRC run a 90deg V4 and that this is proof there is nothing wrong with the Ducati motor..really haven't got a fkin clue.
Ducati's V4 is heavier, because it is still the same lump that WAS the frame and needed to support suspension front and rear. The lump was required to be MUCH stronger and beefier than an engine with a proper frame supporting IT.
It is physically bigger than the Honda's.
It has a lot of extra weight at the cylinder head because of Ducati's insistence on using Demodromic valve actuation, rather than pneumatic, which makes centralising weight for effective distribution difficult.
It's a completely different motor and as Saturn says, the only thing it apparently has in common with the RCV is the cylinder angle
Hayden said recently...“It is true that we haven’t solved the front feeling and turning but a lot stuff is better and Valentino got a lot of stuff he wanted. There’s definitely been some improvements for me personally from two years ago. But it is clear it is not enough.”
Both factory riders were calling for radical change a month ago.
As long as Ducati keep that old engine, which was designed for a completely different bike years ago, they'll continue to suck.
Preziosi is an engine designer. This motor was HIS particular baby. He refused to accept he'd got it wrong and his failure to deal with his ego cost him his job.