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  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Wazman, the fact is that you YOURSELF were able to read DE's article, and fill in the gaps yourself. He presented you the facts, and let you draw the conclusions. If you want his opinions to mirror your own (whether they're positive or negative on whomever) then you're just asking too much.

    Like it or not, there's some damn heavy politics involved in ANY situation where journalists/media are involved, and if a journalist takes a dump on the same people that take time out of their schedules to give them individual attention, they're not going to do it the next time around. So it's a fine line for a journalist to give their opinions and views in a manner which is fair to all concerned, without heavy bias, and without burning their sources. If a good journalist (who doesn't work for The National Enquirer or whatever the spanish/italian equivalents are) can present the side of the a particular party (in this case, Preziosi doing the PR dance) as they gave it, and at the same time giving the rest of the facts as they actually happened and that are public knowledge for you the reader to compare & contrast against what that party said, then he's done his job.

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    by opening salvos I presume you mean your the first to start the childish sniping..??

    Great work by Randy and Bradl today, though I doubt we've really seen much of anything to build up a picture just yet, already knew the honda was great..
    On gpone Rossi appears to have the same problems with the new chassis, though that was on a free translation version and it also mentioned him having a rainbow can anyone shed any light his best lap was very early on.. ??

  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Hell for leather sums up some of the differences between the GP.11 and 1199. : "...MotoGP frame is wider to accommodate a V4 and breathes through the steering head. Contrast that with a narrow frame that has a closed off steering head and a top breathing air box on the road bike. These two designs are different enough that it’s safe to say the front end problems affecting the GP bike will not carry over to the 1199 just because they both utilize monocoque chassis design. They’re simply completely different motorcycles."

    - (track) Time will tell if it is "safe to say that the front end problems affecting the GP bike will not carry over to the 1199."

    http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2011/11/ducati-1199-panigale-stripped-...

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    RdP was only a tenth behind Bautista's qualifying time, after 40 laps on the blue bike.
    Not to take anything from "Bati", who did great this season, but that tells a story.

    In an audio interview for Moto Revue, he said that he rides a lot with the front. No doubt the Ducati did not suit him.
    You could feel his satisfaction but also some anxiety. Let's hope he can get that ride next season !

    Rossi ? Last year, on his first day on a GP10 he didn't know anything about, he circulated 1.9s from Lorenzo. 1.8s from Stoner on the wednesday. Yes, this bike is a laboratory, but given his comments afterwards let's not hope too much from him next year.
    Very early days, but this situation is really getting embarrassing. I have a feel that he his kind of wasting precious years, for him, for the show, and for us.

  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    "Very few people have been kissing Stoner's butt this year - nobody has got that close most of the time."
    I´m sorry but I cant get myself to like somebody who punches ppl only because they are in their line and also talk like they are 112 years old like"back in the day´s when I was still motocrossing..." and stuff....as well as the fact that he starts every f***ing sentence with"...to be honest..." while he is not.
    The fact that Lorenzo tried to imitate the GP-winning acts of VR discredited him totally as well, even though that he is probably a tough racer nowadays.
    Pedrosa goes in the cellar for a laugh and will never achieve a MotoGP-title in my opinion.
    So why should I care for their races?
    Its different when VR wins and I believe everybody agrees on that.
    His style in everything he is doing is unmatched and unique.
    If he quits racing, I will quit watching it...and I´m pretty sure a lot of ppl will.
    Stoner is now hailed as the "drift-master" and stuff-first of all an almost fortgotten Aussi was/is the very best at that and that is Garry McCoy.Second: VR was doing it like crazy as well when he was on a confidence level like Stoner...so what?
    Yes, Stoner is a worthy champion-no doubt-but a mile away from a legacy and Vita like VR.
    I´m glad there is finally someone who can keep up with VR and it will be a great pleasure to see VR end his career against someone like him and show again who is the better racer.

    I´m sure this will be deleted anyways...so what the hell?

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Who honestly cares whether Suzuki had a good setup? This is still a completely new bike to the monstrosity Randy was racing with all year long. With absolutely not prior experience with it, he goes and clocks a laptime only a tenth slower than Bautista's qualifying time from Saturday.

    Amazing if you ask me.

  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    http://www.motomatters.com/news/2011/09/08/valentino_rossi_testing_desmo...

    "And the second was to tell the press quite frankly that Ducati would never be completely honest about what it was developing or not. "We will never tell you what we are building," Preziosi said, half-joking. Honda was secretive, Yamaha was secretive, so naturally Ducati was secretive. They would tell the press what they felt was appropriate, Preziosi said, adding "but sometimes, we lie!" It is a safe bet that this is one of those times."

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Last year, Colin and Ben would always say that their Tech 3s were 2009's factory bikes. I cant speak for Honda. And - Some of the Ducs were still running winglets!

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    I wouldn't read too much into that at this point. While Yamaha and Honda have their "base" bikes out there, the Ducati is a lab bike, at least if you go by Preziosi's comments about it. Things will get up to snuff after the winter break.

  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    I've got to wonder just how much of this year's 'testing' results are actually reflected in the GP12.46.0 bike? Given that they never seemed to understand what was going on with the old chassis, it seems unlikely that much of the data gathered will be particularly useful.

    Oh well, claiming that '11 was a 'testing year' sounds much better than the alternative. :)

  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    "Everyone kissing Stoner's butt this year . . . " has got to be the dumbest comment I've ever read on this site! First of all, as someone previously posted, no one has gotten close enough to him to 'kiss his butt'! Secondly, if Rossi had performed/won the way Stoner did this year, EVERYONE would be kissing his butt . . . and I'm a Rossi fan!

    Can we not appreciate what Stoner has accomplished this year? 12 poles! He's been in a different zip code this year! Qualifing 1.1 seconds faster then 2nd in the last race----has that EVER been done?

    Let's be RACE FANS first!

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Day 1 and the Ducati times are of particular interest. Both Hector and Karel within .5 of Valentino. A sign of the times ? Yamaha enjoyed not too dramatic a day,but must feel encouraged. The big mover of the day must be Dovi. New bike,new team...sattelite at that. RdP posted well on the 800 Suzuki, however,the kit was already fine tuned for the race on Sunday and conditions were not much different today. Understated Stefan Bradl will sleep well tonight.
    Let's see what the 'morrow and the rumour mill brings. CRT,well !! Let us put it this way...When you are rock bottom,there is only one way to go, that's up.

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    i'm fairly sure all the hondas started equal last year so i'm not sure where you're getting that he was riding a year old bike from

    it's been my understanding that pretty much all the satellite bikes are a few races behind the factory bikes but not a season

  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    It's not just the quality of David's words that keeps me coming back to this is it's the responses it draws from his readers. A very well written piece - thanks.

    Thanks too to David, of course!

  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Great post!

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Ben posted a good comment about that gap

    https://www.facebook.com/benspiesofficial/posts/188531664562739

    Not to say the Honda's were going full tilt just that Ben was not.

    Those who don't want to click the link I pasted the full facebook post here:

    "We weren’t too worried about lap times today, we made a lot of small changes to the bike including geometry changes, electronics etc to make the bike as comfortable as possible. Tomorrow we’ll try a different chassis spec so we can choose which one to go forward in. We confirmed which direction to go with in power delivery today which is good. This is testing so we never got close to the limit with the bike; it’s about riding at 90% consistently to test the motorcycle. When we get the full package next year in Sepang we’ll go closer to the limit. I can’t complain about the engine power though, we don’t need any more. It’s a shame my team mate Jorge is not here today, I know that whatever you give him he can go fast on it! I’m looking forward to getting his feedback as well when we test together in Sepang." -Ben Spies on his facebook page

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Very respectable results for RdP and Bradl in my opinion.

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Test Times At 2pm - Stoner Leads Pedrosa, Ducati "An Improvement"   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Apparently the timing was messed up and that number was in error...damn, I got all excited...

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    If you had the riders changing teams a year ago, I'd agree with you for Good Luck Barbera to Pramac (or any other Ducati, be it factory or Satellite). But for 2012, they're going to 1000cc *and* perhaps an entirely new non-engine-stressed chassis.

    I think that Ducati will still have a lot of catching up to do and it remains to be seen how competitive they can make their twin-spar, but at least it should no longer be the automatic back of the pack death sentence that it's been for every Ducati rider besides Stoner.

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Between the Hondas and the Yamaha? Is it soft tires or is the Honda just sorted?

    RDP to Suzuki. I wonder if they'll have one or two riders. It'd be nice to see Hopper back in MotoGP.

  • 2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Times - Pedrosa Leads Honda Domination   2 years 42 weeks ago

    The most underestimated driver in MotoGP is surely RdP. First outing on the 800 cc Suzuki and it is only the factory 1000 cc Hondas and Yamahas that are ahead. I can't believe he doesn't get a contract with a good bike. Sure he rode very well on the LCR Honda last year but that was on a 09 spec Honda imagine his results had he gotten factory machinery. 2011 was lost, Pramac Ducati, I rest my case (Good Luck on that one Barbera).

  • Randy De Puniet To Test Suzuki GSV-R 800 MotoGP Bike   2 years 42 weeks ago

    He becomes technical director of Tech3 Moto2 effort.
    It was hard for him to follow development in Moto2 while remaining crew chief in MotoGP.
    Plus focusing on Moto2 could help them to jump as CRT some day...I'm sure they are itching to do that, but of course they have a contract with Yamaha and so on.
    To me they are the proper private Moto2 team with the team having a long history in GP and developing their very own bike from their workshop.
    It would be nice to see them in MotoGP circa 2013, 2014!

  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    has a wrist broken in two places :(

  • 2011 Valencia MotoGP Sunday Round Up - The Very Many Goodbyes Of 2011, And Hello To 2012   2 years 42 weeks ago

    I have no doubt that Stoner had this in the bag from the beginning, but was concerned about the conditions so he slowed down and let spies lead--knowing the honda would just power away in the final drag to the line like they had all year long.

    Spies had plenty of room to pass, and there is simply no way he was that much faster than stoner in the wet unless stoner dramatically slowed on purpose.

  • Ducati's Future Direction: Filippo Preziosi Explains Ducati's MotoGP Strategy For Valencia And Beyond   2 years 42 weeks ago

    Pretty much irrelevant. WSBK uses Pirellis. They use Bridgestones in GP. Completely different tyres and their approach to making them.

    I read these comments and you'd think Casey won the championship last year. He lost the championship in 2008, 2009, and 2010. 3 wins last year and a bunch of crashes doesn't win a championship. Valentino was never going to ride it in this way, win or bin it, just to get a win or two and lose the championship. Instead he said the bike needed to be changed, and thank God Ducati finally listened.

    You think he's got 100+ wins across all the classes by being a crasher? You win that many races by staying off the tarmac as much as possible. This year's Ducati wasn't championship taking possible, neither was it last year. Casey won a few races on it last year but still finished behind Valentino in the standings, and that is with Valentino being injured all year sans Qatar, and missing 4 races due to a leg break. Yeah, that CF demso was a real ringer!

    This is all fodder for VR or Burgess haters, or both. If Valentino fails to produce results next year then start your voodoo doll party.

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