Valentino Rossi says Ducati needs more upgrades as new bike fails to cure problems

Valentino Rossi says Ducati needs to come up with further new developments to address the issues with the front end of its bike as switching to the 2012 chassis has not solved the problem

Valentino Rossi says Ducati needs more upgrades as new bike fails to cure problems

Ducati recently introduced a version of its 2012 bike with a 2011-style 800cc for Rossi after struggling in the opening rounds, but the new machine has not delivered an upturn in results in its two appearances so far.

"I think the problem is quite clear and we have to work - on improving the setting of this bike, but also on making something else to make a bigger step," said Rossi.

"The new bike changed the rear and the rear worked. But the front remained the same, and we need something."

He added: "The problem on braking and entry remained - I don't have enough feeling on the front to enter like I want. In the fast parts, these are the places where I lose more.

"So we have to work on the settings and we have to work on the software, but we also have to work on the hardware. We have to work more to try to fix the problem on the front as soon as possible."

Rossi had only qualified 12th for today's Italian Grand Prix, but he came through to sixth in the race after a weight distribution change in the warm-up paid off. He admitted that with rain having hit the Assen and Mugello weekends, Ducati had been short on time to understand and fine-tune the new bike.

"This morning we did a great modification to the setting of the bike," he said.

"The weather conditions in Assen and here in Mugello didn't help us to improve the new bike, so this morning we tried quite a big modification and it's becoming better.

"So I was able to do a better rhythm, and get closer. We have to work on this type of setting because we improved the turning but we lost a bit of grip. But we can work more on this setting for the new bike."

shares
comments
Jorge Lorenzo hunts down Casey Stoner to win the Italian Grand Prix
Previous article

Jorge Lorenzo hunts down Casey Stoner to win the Italian Grand Prix

Next article

Casey Stoner rues tyre pressure problem after losing Italian Grand Prix lead

Casey Stoner rues tyre pressure problem after losing Italian Grand Prix lead
Load comments
How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Plus

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Plus

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

MotoGP
Dec 4, 2021
Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Plus

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Autosport’s pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

MotoGP
Dec 3, 2021
How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race Plus

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

MotoGP
Nov 20, 2021
Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Plus

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

MotoGP
Nov 19, 2021
How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career Plus

How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career

The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off

MotoGP
Nov 15, 2021
Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove Plus

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2021
How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence Plus

How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence

Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022

MotoGP
Nov 8, 2021