Thursday, January 27, 2011
Valentino Rossi: ‘The Ducati 1198 is beautiful and fast, I like it!’
Valentino Rossi riding a Ducati 1198 at the Misano circuit is just about as Italian as it gets – bust out the green, white and red colours already. Yesterday, with only a few days to go before he tests the Ducati Desmosedici GP11 in Malaysia, The Doctor put in two dozen laps around the Misano circuit, aboard a 1198. This was to check if he injured shoulder would be up to the task of handling Ducati’s MotoGP machine in a few days from now.
‘The shoulder is painful, especially under braking, when the front area hurts. Movement is stable enough and we’re also doing not so bad with endurance, but apart from that, it hurts a lot and isn’t very strong. Let’s hope it gets a little better in these next few days before the test in Malaysia. Once we’re there, we’ll work with the riding position in an effort to make the most of the situation and collect important information with the Desmosedici, even though I’m not in top form,’ said Rossi. ‘Today I did a total of 25 laps on the 1198 superbike, which is sort of a historic motorcycle for Ducati. It’s beautiful and fast. I liked it!’ he added.