Well, the fall-out - if indeed it isn't melt-down of China Syndrome proportions - of Rossi's appreciation of the Ducati continues with the Jerez test (a place fit best for Ducks, it would seem).. From the Home page:
Guareschi told GPOne.com that Ducati's engineering guru Filippo Preziosi was working on new parts for the Desmosedici, including narrower front forks and more flexible triple clamps, all aimed at improving the feedback from the Ducati's front end, which was the area which Rossi had complained most about at the Valencia tests.
We've already seen photo evidence that Ducati provided at least one different iteration of the triple clamp with softened characteristics from what I think
Stoner et al. had been given. It would be interesting to have been a fly on the wall to hear if Rossi preferred that set-up, though Guareschi's comments suggests that it may
have been favourably received.
Acknowledging as always my pro-Stoner bias, I can't help but feel that the contrast between the 'we can't afford to make changes, just dig deeper, Casey' response and the speed with which Ducati now appears to be moving to change the characteristics of the thing with the regime change is an affirmation of just how much Ducati had come to rely on Stoner being able to pull something extra out of the bag. That Hayden had managed to become so reasonably competitive this year appears also to be a huge credit to his ability and his dogged perserverance to succeed.
If Ducati has a sense of history, someone up there might just also be undertaking somewhat of a re-appraisal of Capirex's performance in '07 with, I would hope, more than a smidgeon of regret at their action in dumping him for '08. As an incurable romantic (speaking emotionally rather than medically
) I'd like to believe that someone will toddle along to Pramac next year with a large box full of revised bits and leave it inconspicuously in a corner of the pit box every now and then before the old warrior is broken by the beast.