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Ducati braced for challenging recovery in 2012

MCN, 11 January 2012 17:21

Ducati boss Filippo Preziosi has conceded the Bologna factory faces a huge challenge to try and compete with Japanese rivals Honda and Yamaha in the 2012 MotoGP world championship. Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden scored just one rostrum each in a nightmare 2011 campaign for Ducati as it failed to win a race for the first time in the 800cc ...

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Ducati cagey on GP12 changes

Matthew Birt, 11 January 2012 16:02

Ducati technical guru Filippo Preziosi did a great job of revealing very little about the radical new GP12 Desmosedici that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will debut when winter testing kicks off at the Sepang track in Malaysia on January 31. In a press conference that lasted close to an hour at Ducati’s 2012 launch at the Madonna di Campiglio ...

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New 1000s not a throwback to 2006, warns Nicky Hayden

Matthew Birt, 10 January 2012 13:36

Nicky Hayden has warned fans not to expect a throwback to the spectacular racing and tyre smoking slides of the 990cc MotoGP era when the new 1000cc world championship gets underway in Qatar on April 8. The last time MotoGP raced close to a 1000cc capacity was in 2006 when Hayden triumphed in a dramatic last round title shootout with ...

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Nicky Hayden confident on Sepang test fitness

Matthew Birt, 10 January 2012 12:40

American Nicky Hayden is confident he will be fit to make his debut on Ducati’s new GP12 when winter testing resumes at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on January 31. The American is currently recovering from a broken left shoulder blade and three broken ribs after he crashed at a private flat-track course in between Christmas and New Year. Hayden ...

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Valentino Rossi cautious on Ducati future

Matthew Birt, 10 January 2012 12:33

Valentino Rossi has no plans to quit MotoGP at the end of 2012, but insists it is too early to say whether he will commit his future to Ducati after this season. Rossi endured a nightmare debut campaign with the Bologna factory in 2011 and lost his proud record of winning at least one race in each year of his ...

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Valentino Rossi optimistic new Ducati will be competitive

Matthew Birt, 10 January 2012 12:25

He may have only seen a virtual version of Ducati’s new GP12 machine on a computer in Bologna, but Valentino Rossi is confident the radically revamped Desmosedici will help him compete for victories in 2012. Rossi will get his first chance to evaluate the new Desmosedici when winter testing resumes in Sepang on January 31. The new bike will feature ...

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Ducati happy with testing rule boost

Matthew Birt, 11 November 2011 14:22

New testing regulations for MotoGP will help Ducati try and bridge the gap to Japanese rivals Honda and Yamaha, according to the Bologna factory’s technical guru Filippo Preziosi. MotoGP bosses have relaxed the testing restrictions for next year, meaning Ducati can use Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden much more to develop the new GP12 1000cc machine. Ducati can use Rossi ...

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Broken wrist rules Nicky Hayden out of Valencia test

Matthew Birt, 08 November 2011 16:30

Nicky Hayden was forced to withdraw from today's crucial MotoGP test in Valencia after discovering he has broken his right wrist in two places after a first corner crash in Sunday’s race. The American initially thought he had escaped with no injuries when he was caught up in a first corner collision with factory Ducati team-mate Valentino Rossi, Randy de ...

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First pic: Valentino Rossi tests Ducati GP12 with new frame

Matthew Birt, 08 November 2011 11:36

Valentino Rossi has started evaluating Ducati’s new twin spar aluminium frame at the Valencia circuit in Spain this morning. The nine-times world champion was one of the first on to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit once wet patches had dried up under blue and sunny skies. The new chassis is a conventional twin spar aluminium version and has been designed to ...

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First pic: Ducati’s new twin spar aluminium frame

Matthew Birt, 08 November 2011 09:12

This is Ducati’s radical new twin spar aluminium frame that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will test on the GP12 Desmosedici MotoGP bike over the next two days in Valencia. The Bologna factory has introduced a conventional frame to try and improve front-end feeling after a disastrous final 800cc campaign saw Rossi and Hayden score just one podium finish each ...

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