Tuesday, May 8

DUCATI LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED FOR ROSSI

By MICHAEL ESDAILE


Despite several changes in chassis since Valentino Rossi joined the Ducati team, it is no closer to winning a race. Even this year there were further chassis changes before the season began, and a change in the mounting of the engine so that the front cylinders of the V4 were closer to vertical than previously. In this respect Ducati has done what Honda did with its original 90 degree V4s, have the cylinder banks closer to 45 degrees from the vertical (or horizontal, whichever way you prefer to look at it).


Now General and Technical Director of Ducati Corse, Filippo Preziosi, has revealed there will be further engine and chassis changes coming in the very near future.


It turns out Ducati planned to test some of these at Estoril the day after the MotoGP race there, where Rossi finished a season-best seventh, but still a second a lap off the pace of race winner Casey Stoner. However, those tests - along with testing scheduled by Honda and Yamaha - were cancelled due to rain.


For an interview discussing the upcoming changes, click here