It's beginning to look like the predicted change in "V" angle isn't going to happen - at least not this season - so we're left to ponder on the frame/chassis.
One of the reasons given for the alloy frame was that changes could be made more readily. I'm not getting into arguments regarding CF (huge untapped potential IMHO!) but I do see it from Ducati's point of view.
Unless you have a shop full of CF experts then alloy is an easier medium to change. (Weld this piece in - machine that piece out - re-drill this mounting hole etc etc)
Who's to say that once they have it perfected in alloy they won't reproduce it in CF??
over a year ago, I translated an article on flex in the frame, and it was my believe that the shape of the front frame was to blame (too short, and a shape that wouldn't allow much flex), not the CF.
They have sorted that out now with the alu twin spar, but by no means they could have gotten it right at their first attempt. impossible. But still they are on the same frame as Sepang 1 ... (I even found it quite astonishing that the bikes didn't even leave Sepang and justed stayed there until Sepang 2, like nothing needed changing
So they still need to sort out the frame.
And the same with the engine, I'm convinced there is too much weight at the back. I made myself a ZXR400/600 trackbike : a '89 ZXR400H with a ZZR600 engine dropped in it. the difference in weight between the engine's is hugh : the 400 I could easily put on the workbench myself, the ZZR I can't. The ZZR engine is also a lot bigger, and in the ZXR400 frame, it comes a lot more to the front than the 400 engine (which gives me some cooling problems because the exhausts are very close to the radiator, but that is besides the point). So there is a lot more weight on the front of the bike because of the engine, and I must admit : I have total faith in the front end (not the original, but a ZX6-R '04 front end). So much I don't even care about the front end and I can concentrate on the rear when cornering/going on the gas after it .
I definitly thinck Ducati should also work in that direction : moving the CoG to the front.