Saturday, April 09, 2011

Valentino Rossi tests the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 at Jerez

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MotoGP goes back to 1000cc engines next year, and Ducati have started work on their 2012 MotoGP bike, with development inputs from The Doctor...

Valentino ‘The Doctor’ Rossi rode the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 for the first time yesterday, in Spain, on the Andalusian circuit in Jerez de la Frontera. ‘I’m happy. I like the GP12. In my opinion, it’s more enjoyable, more fun to ride. It was the first time we had it on the track, so we had some work to do, but the engine is nicer. It’s a lot of fun, and you can do some nice slides. It’s the bike we’ll ride next year, so it was very important, and also very nice, to be among the first to take it on the track,’ said Rossi, who put in 50 laps on the GP12.

‘Our factory riders’ feedback is essential for starting us on the right path for the early development. To be able to work with Vale for a full day is more than any technician could ask. We gathered considerable feedback that we’ll translate into further design and development for next year’s bike. The positive thing is that the technical choices made for the GP12 in the initial planning phase, in 2010 – and I’m referring primarily to the engine, which is still a big-bang, and to the rear end – were endorsed by Valentino,’ said Filippo Preziosi. ‘This gives us great satisfaction, and we’re optimistic about the work that still remains to be done. We know that our competitors are also working hard and developing their 2012 MotoGP bikes, but that just makes the challenge better,’ he added.

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