Rossi started using team-mate Hayden's set-up from the Jerez race, which Preziosi felt was both a sign of Rossi's willingness to try different solutions, and helpful for the team's development.
"The fact that he's gone back with the set-up seems to me like a sign of open-mindedness," Preziosi said. "Valentino, since the first Sepang test, has had a series of tools that, together with his team - which is fully autonomous on the track - he steered in a certain direction.
"But he also had this 'basic' set-up solution, which is anyway the same we had at the beginning of last year. Now, with both riders on similar choices, we can try to share the workload among them."
dmelb wrote:Carlo Pernat doesn't belive Rossi will win a Championship at Ducati. He belives Ducati should get Casey Stoner to return, offering him a boatload of money. Perhaps it wouldn't be possible for any number of reasons, but who else can they go for? Everyone is afraid to ride the Ducati...
I guess the real question is - why in the world would Stoner want to go back to Ducati? It sounds very much like doom and gloom at Ducati as Rossi is going nowhere.
http://www.gpone.com/index.php/en/20120 ... z1uYi4uFrE
Cappra wrote:ducati1098s wrote:If Rossi does retire this season then it will be a sad end to an illustrious career and will ensure that until the Ducati becomes a genuinely neutral (ie not idiosynchratic) race winning bike, no top rider will touch it with a barge pole
When Rossi retires leaving a shattered Ducati team and reputation behind, Ducati, Marlboro, Dorna, the Italian Govt and every track owner in the world will chip in to pay Casey $30mil p.a. to ride the Duke . (Spread the rumour ).
Nachlauf wrote:Imho they should rather spend the money to get the top engineers from Honda or Yamaha and give them the resources to build a better bike.
Nachlauf wrote:Indeed. They lucked out big time with Casey (and to some extend Bridgestone) 5 years ago. But if they want to get to the front on their own merit they need to fix their equipment. After 07 every year showed they have issues achieving this. They hired several former champions (and approached Jorge). It had no noticeable positive effect on their performance. It's about time to change the pattern and go for better engineers. It's a tough decision, but the current ones don't seem to cut it really.
Cappra wrote:Or a combination of all of the above with a boat load of money to sweeten the deal. I wasn't been completely factious when I said "....Ducati, Marlboro, Dorna, the Italian Govt and every track owner in the world will chip in to pay Casey..."'. These players are all stakeholder who would benefit from the interest generated by a Stoner return to Ducati - especially a winning return of Stoner to Ducati.
So it could happen, but I doubt it; very much doubt it. If I was to bet I would say Stoner will stay with Honda until he retires.
drayon wrote:Anyway the other major development direction that seems wrong is their insistence in sticking with that big bang and patching it up with electronics to make it smoother.
This engine in hopelessly outclassed by Honda's screamer in acceleration
corinthian wrote:“If you get a chance, look at the instance in Jerez when Dani´s Honda blasted past Nicky´s Duc. Ducati has power but can´t get it down.”
“Rossi says the power of the Duc cannot be managed electronically...meaning the first hit is too hard.He said this of 800 after first test.”
Oscar wrote: I believe it was our good Dr. K. who first said that 'Stoner was the worst thing that ever happened to Ducati in terms of them developing their bike' - or something very similar.
motogpmd wrote:In the unlikely event that Stoner does tire of Honda the logical place for him to go is Yamaha, to try to add a third manufacturer to his list of championships. It is clear from comments by Lin Jarvis that they would welcome him with open arms.
corinthian wrote:One positive effect Stoner has had on Ducati in the last five years is that he has guaranteed their presence in the paddock .... the biodiversity of the motosystem is if not maintained, at least stabilised (in light of the loss of Kawasaki and Suzuki).
Oscar wrote:One can certainly see del Torchio walking past the list of motoGp successes Ducati has had and muttering to himself: 'Stoner, you utter, utter bastard'. The WC must be a really bitter blow.
I think we've thrashed this whole thing of Ducati rather doggedly pursuing the wrong qualities for the machine over a considerable period of time - basically since the GP '07 - to the point where it is begging for mercy. If Ducati has now managed to tame the erratic front end, then at least they have progressed on one of the three main components of bike performance: the front end, the rear end and the bit in the middle. One out of three isn't really great progress, but at least it is some progress
I think we can safely (well, fairly safely) assume that Rossi's presence is as effective a guarantee of Ducati continuing to put bikes on the grid as the results they were previously achieving. I think we have to hope that Rossi decides to continue racing with Ducati beyond this year, though, or the alternative scenario might just come to fruition.
TwoStroke Institute wrote:Yes well spotted Hanuman. Reminds me of a 80's gixxer frame where the top rails went up and over the engine and tucked back in at the back of the tank.
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