..but despite limitations under braking, that steel frame at least allowed riders a 'feel' for the custom made front tyre.
They tried to beef it up to stop it flexing, but a condensed buttress of tubing limited air flow into and around the engine, sapping power.
Prezel had to do something, what with competition improving so rapidly..and chose the carbon-fibre monocoque. Completely the opposite direction in terms of stiffness. All the lack of feel/turning & front end woes started here.
Stoner says he loved it..despite finishing lower in the standings, winning less and crashing more.
"It was a competitive bike" dribble his fans.
Hayden, who's ridden both CF and Ally beam bike, says the new frame is better..in fact, Casey borrowed his settings to(typically) start winning at the end of the season again..when it didn't matter.
I'd love to see the Aussie back on a Ducati, especially a shiny black carbon-fibre one..