Ducati Press Release: Rossi Rides The GP12

Here's the official press release from the Marlboro Ducati team on Rossi's outing on the GP12:


Valentino Rossi took his first laps aboard the Ducati GP12 Friday morning on the Andalusian circuit in Jerez de la Frontera on a day that was sunny and warm (29° air, 41° track; 84° and 106° Fahrenheit, respectively), with the only imperfection being a strong wind. The Italian took to the circuit a few minutes after 11:00 and did a first run of six laps. With that outing having been completed with no problems, the work continued apace for the entire day, by the end of which Valentino had turned 50 laps.

Vittoriano Guareschi, who had worn his riding leathers on Thursday, today looked after Valentino's test, participating together with Filippo Preziosi in all of the mini-briefings between the various runs. Meanwhile, Franco Battaini carried out a test of the GP11, working with the electronics and chassis settings.

"I'm happy," Valentino Rossi said after the test. "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."

"We chose to have our factory riders—today Vale, tomorrow Nicky—try the bike beginning with its first test, because we think their feedback is essential for starting us on the right path for the early development," Filippo Preziosi said. "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. 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 bikes, but that just makes the challenge better."


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... but 2012 has me so excited, it's as if I wish 2011 were already in the bag! I'm wondering how the 250/800 superstars (especially Stoner, Jorge, Pod and to a lesser extent Simocelli) will handle this new class of 1000cc GP bikes has me hopping around with excitement. Coupled with wondering how the Superbike/990 talents (especially, Nicky and Spies and of course Colin and Crutchlow) will manage vs. the 250/800 superstars. And Rossi, well, will Ducati give him a bike that he can show off his 500/990/800 conquering abilities? Not to mention, will the Moto2 600 class deliver us more premier talent, or will that role be best served by WSBK considering the new 1000cc displacement?

Will they continue to be massive corner speed, or more point and shoot? Rossi mentions that they "slide around" so that is some early indication or merely evidence that the electronics aren't fully up to speed yet on the new Ducs... or is it just Rossi, being Rossi?

Arrrrg, I wish 2012 were already here!!!

without any experience on a 990cc MotoGP.
However he said he wasn't worried because the change would be much less significant that coming from the 2 stroke 250cc to the 4 stroke 800cc. And he did pretty well by that time (first 3 races in MotoGP = 3 poles, 3 podiums, 1 win).

Dani and Casey rode the 990s for 1 season, Dani on the official Repsol Honda and Casey on the satellite LCR Honda (first year of LCR in MotoGP).
They fared pretty well too, for Dani first podium (2nd) at the first race, first win at the 4th race (total 2 wins, 8 podiums, 4 poles), for Casey first pole at the 2nd race, first podium at the 3rd race, consistently in the top6 (when the Michelins didn't betray him).

I don't know if traction control would be more or less needed that nowadays but electronics would be even more important in relation with fuel consumption.

Yeah the up in displacement limit is a red herring. As was reported here in the excellent 2 part series on the rule changes:
"The head of Ducati Corse, Filippo Preziosi, has stated publicly that he is looking at an engine of between 900 and 930cc as a more efficient solution, providing extra torque without sacrificing fuel consumption."

Hayden: "If they don't limit the electronics, it's not going to be any different," said Hayden. "It's just that simple. It will be no different."

Source: http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-racing-news-moto-gp/hayden-1000cc-wi...

Electronics for the factory teams will just be as important, if not more so, next year as they are now.

The most interesting part of the new rules are the CRT with their 3 more litres and 12 engines.

I hope we get a lot more teams on the grid. The longer I watch MotoGP the more I get interested in competition between teams further back in the line.

A few details to consider.
1) MotoGP test ban forbids testing current bikes during the year expect for pre defined test dates.
2) Rules also dictate how many engines can be used in a season. This tends to make testing using a race engine very risky
3) Ducati has an issue with their GP 11 chassis, and are known to be working on a significant re-design.
4) Little has been written about the physical dimensions of the GP 12 motor, but one might speculate that Ducati and the other manufacturers may be looking at leveraging the design layout of existing motor and chassis configurations to off set the transition costs to the new engine capacity.
The point could be then made that Ducati may be using this well publicized outing as a ruse to camouflage testing the new GP 11 chassis in plain sight. Twisted logic perhaps?

Ducati is living proof the switch to 1000cc but have you heard anything about the other manufacturers? Will everyone be switching to 1000cc, i thought i heard somewhere that Honda might stick to the 800 formula, heard any rumors/news?

The test restrictions are for: "contracted riders with machines eligible for the MotoGP class."

Technically you could run an overbored 801cc engine with all the parts you wish to test bolted to it, and not break the rules.

Although I think the manufacturers agree to play fair when testing their 2012 prototypes.

No matter which way they cut the mustard,the CPU will govern,coupled to the fuel limit, minimum mass limit and tire dimensions/options,track specific.
Inasmuch as engine capacity is concened,certain laws apply.
Particularly the one that suggests torque multiplied by RPM = HP.
I suspect that most of the successfull 2012 and beyond manufacturers will opt for full bore 1000cc tackle.Simply because of bottom end grunt.
Racing with a torquey engine requires a lot less effort than a screamer,which requires more finesse.Lazy wrist,bottom end grunt conserves energy.
There is no way that MotoGP in its 2012,1000cc form will be a rebirth of 990.
Romantic dreams.
2012 will be as close to the 990 era as 2002 was to the 500 two stroke era.
Sad but true and a fact. My first cell phone was built like and looked like a brick.
990 and the romance is history,happily recorded.

Of course but like any good history it's nice to remember it and dream about it. Than maybe the new ones will be even better (I doubt it) ... I can't see how it could be worse than 800. But never say never.

I know this has been played out time and again but the common link between championships and factory/rider combos since 1985 is Jerry Burgess. The right rider/factory at the right time might happen once or maybe twice, but he has been involved with 3.....THIS guy knows how to develop a bike and Ducati is in the catbird seat for 2012.

He's always been coupled to the best rider by Honda when he worked for them. Now he works for Valentino and maybe he isn't the clear best anymore. It is going to be very very interesting to see what happens.

'Technically you could run an overbored 801cc engine with all the parts you wish to test bolted to it, and not break the rules.'

You wouldn't even have to do that. Paul Denning said last year that they (Suzuki)considered 'extra' testing when he was interviewed on Eurosport about the Gresini team getting fined for testing their Moto2 bike at Misano (I think).

He said that they could just put a 24 litre+ tank onto the MotoGP bike and it would then be able to test all year if they wanted to, as it wasn't technically within the MotoGP rules. The problem is, once you start doing that then everyone will do it and costs will spiral upwards even faster than they are now.