Ducati taking GP11 and GP11.1 to Laguna

Rossi and Hayden will have both versions of the 800 Desmosedici at Laguna Seca

Posted: 21 July 2011
by Visordown News

DUCATI are desperate to achieve success with Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden and at Laguna Seca each rider will have four bikes at their disposal, with two of the GP11 and the GP11.1 each.

The results at last Sunday's German GP gave Ducati a difficult decision over which of the 800s is best for the riders at the moment, therefore they will send both versions to California - Rossi and Hayden will decide which works best at Laguna Seca in the first session on Friday.

“I think that we’ll try to use both versions of the Desmosedici on Friday," explained Valentino, "So that we can compare them and do some work for both the near term and the future, because we want to learn as much as possible. We’re aware that it could be difficult because we’ll also have to be preparing for the race, but we think that in order to improve our bike, it’s important to try everything possible."

For Hayden, the importance of feeling confident and able to ride a bike aggressively is vital for a good race at Laguna. The American will make his final decision on which bike to ride on Thursday, but he added that his side of the garage will probably try the GP11.1 at some stage

Describing his attraction to Laguna Seca, Rossi said: "For me, Laguna represents a great corner, the Corkscrew, and many nice memories, including one of the best races of my career, in 2008. In any case, it’s always a pleasure to race in the United States because the motorcycle world here is really nice. Of course I’m even happier that Jerry has returned and I look forward to seeing him in the garage again with all the guys.”

Nicky added to the Italian's description of the American circuit: "Turn 1 and the Corkscrew are very technical, and pretty much the whole track links together. On a MotoGP bike, there really aren’t any straightaways, because you’re always shifting, turning or braking."

A word of encouragement from the boss of Ferrari, as quoted on Gazzetta dello Sport, Luca di Montezemelo said of Rossi's troubles: "Valentino is a world-beater, who has always given all he's got. But a world-beater is not an engineer. What was true for Alonso with the car is also true for Rossi, and I hope he can find a bike that is more competitive.

"With an average bike, he can win. I'm sorry that he's going through such a bad time at the moment, but great champions always know how to bounce back." commented di Montezemolo on the problems Valentino is having with the Desmosedici.

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I know it's gonna come right, but this does smack a touch of Ducati Corse not knowing which way to go...I am glad JB is back, this will settle the ship. Not that the garages have been flapping wildly without him, but you just know Vale is "very appy" JB is back. All these rumours about Vale wanting them to ditch the CF frame really can't be helping things.

The Carbon fibre frame is the way Ducati wanna go. They have sunk alot of money into this. And for them to just chuck it in a skip, admit defeat and walk away is going to take an awful lot of persuading. Not to say that it might not happen. And lets face it, if they are gonna do it for anyone, they'll do it for Valentino.

I just think they are not gonna admit defeat with it just yet..if they can get it to work, then it'll certainly be a big leap forwards...look at Schwantz with the USD forks on the RGV....utter pig of a thing for years. Then it clicked.

Posted: 21/07/2011 at 10:55

Split refinement time to two bikes? Sorry, but it doesn't get anymore lost than that. Note to Nicky - Good for you for being the only one on the team who hasn't given up. Take you obligatory lap around the track on the newer POS,, then park it,, now you and you team can work "for real" on tweaking the older POS to get you best finish,, you'll do fine Nicky, it's your track.... all while the emperor on the other side of the garage, along with the team continues to mix and match and test new crap,, basically giving up on the season and letting down all the fans and sponsors. One side of the garage = respectable 5th or better and the other = a waste of a plane ticket.

Posted: 21/07/2011 at 23:40

Don't rise to it Martin........doooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnn't rise to it...

Posted: 22/07/2011 at 08:40

Just listened Valentino's post race interview after Sachsenring. He knows what he's doing. Reading between the lines about him speaking about the negatives. He's not gonna take any faffing about from Ducati. Good to hear. Properly focused on what he's doing (like there was ever any doubt).

Posted: 22/07/2011 at 14:25

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