Ducati bringing almost new machine to Assen in an attempt to quash Rossi's problems
DUCATI in an aid to bring the struggling Valentino Rossi closer to the front-runners will be running an almost new bike at Assen by experimenting with next year's chassis and 800 engine currently used, creating a Desmosedici GP11.1.
The problem for Rossi lies in the carbon chassis used on the Desmosedici, in what he feels gives a lack of feel from the rear of the bike.
To challenge this and answer the issues of their new superstar, Ducati's Technical Director Fillipo Preziosi has combined the chassis of the 'step-2' frame that the engineers have been working on for 2012 and this year's engine with the addition of a new gearbox titled; 'DST - or Ducati Seamless Transmission'. The Bologna factory's answer to Honda's advances in clutch technology and a project they say began in 2010.
Preziosi started: "We decided to make the GP11.1, which is an 800cc engine in a GP12 chassis, in order to accelerate development on next year's bike, and also to provide our riders with a potentially better base for the current championship.
"Considering that Valentino still hasn't ever ridden the GP11.1, this decision could require some races for the team to completely take advantage of its potential, but we decided to move forward with it because we believe it's an important step for our development process. The next-generation gearbox, on the other hand, is a solution that we think will be an immediate improvement."
Riding at Assen holds significance to Rossi, in what he calls one of 'his tracks': "Assen is one of my tracks," began Rossi, "One of those that I like most and where I've had some nice races in all the classes. We'll try to take advantage of that good feeling and of our experience at this circuit because Thursday morning we'll debut some updates to my bike that are very promising but also very fresh.
"Filippo [Preziosi], the guys at Ducati and the Test Team have worked really hard, and that has enabled us to make this new step with the development of our bike. We haven't had the chance to test the 800 since Estoril, so we'll do it during the race weekends, being aware that despite having very limited time, we'll have to focus on two jobs: making basic adjustments to the new technical parts, and finding a general setup for the race on Saturday.
"We'll have to do a good job on the track in order to get the most out of the work done at the factory. It will be hard, and we know it might take some time before we can completely reach the potential of the whole package, but we're happy and motivated by the work we're doing." the seven-time champ concluded.
Nicky Hayden won't receive the 'new' bike until Laguna Seca and has been tied up with testing the next generation GP12 since his fourth at Silverstone, the American added: "Now it’s time for Assen, which is an awesome race. I have some good memories there, including a win, and it’s a place I really like, with a lot of history and tradition. The track has changed over the years, but I like the new section. "We’ve had a big gap to the front lately, but now we have another new step with the chassis. The first step helped with the feeling, and hopefully this one will also help with the lap time. It’s clear that Ducati is working hard, and that’s motivating for me, for the team, and for all of our Ducati supporters. I look forward to getting my hands on a GP11.1 as soon as possible as well.”
"Assen is one of my tracks,"
He's really gotta stop saying things like that while he's on this bike... wait till you're winning Rossi.
Posted: 21/06/2011 at 10:36
Erm...........What? Wait until he's winning?
I'd say his record entitles him to say this. But, each to their own.
Posted: 21/06/2011 at 10:45
Posted: 21/06/2011 at 10:48
Pagik... "Erm...........What? Wait until he's winning?"
...he's won on this bike?... did I miss something???
... or are you presuming he's never going to win on it & should say it at every round anyway... confused.
Posted: 21/06/2011 at 11:17
Sorry, I should have clarified. My thoughts are that Rossi has enough of a record at Assen to describe it as "his track". In the same way that Stoner could say Qatar is "his track".
They both have VERY good records in the past at both places.
Posted: 21/06/2011 at 11:31
Cheers Pagik... & I agree... I just wish he wouldn't say it on a Duc (let alone one he hasn't ridden yet)... especially as it's 2 years since he's been to Assen & the time before his last he was 11th... I want him to do well, not to jinx it.
Posted: 21/06/2011 at 11:41
Me too. Shhhhh...................
Posted: 21/06/2011 at 11:42
I dont know what Rossi is talking about. Assen is my track. I whip his arse everytime on my PS3.
Ducati have basically just raised the white flag for this season. Makes sense to me and Rossi and Burgess obviously see the sense in trying to get it together for 2012. I have the feeling they're onto something. He's a smart chilled out guy that Jeremy Burgess and he can see that Stoner is obviously unstoppable this year saving him being a total nutter and having a major spill and injury - possible, he's insane when on a bike - and theres no point in trying to fix this bike when everything changes next year. And my feelings are never wrong either Ive noticed.
Posted: 22/06/2011 at 05:18
What Ducati need to do is get rid of the carbon idea for frames and go back to steel trelis again or eat humble pie and go aluminium.
The feel from carbon is dead and vague. Aluminium give much better feel and feedback.
Posted: 22/06/2011 at 09:57
I do agree pyndman. Vale and Burgess et al are blatantly setting up for next year. I think there is a win in the GP11 this year though. Good to see your are humble with the hunches too..
Posted: 22/06/2011 at 10:26
Posted: 22/06/2011 at 12:15
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