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Wed 11th Apr '12

Rossi: 'I can't ride this Ducati'

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"I can't ride this bike, I can't make the difference" says Rossi


Under the spotlight of Qatar Valentino Rossi struggled to a lowly 10th place at the MotoGP season opener.


Lining up on the grid as the last of the prototype machines, Rossi's race did not see much improvement. After spending the early laps in 10th, the Italian was forced off the track by an aggressive pass by Hector Barbera and pushed back to 12th.


Off the pace and almost 34 seconds behind the leader, the seven time champion was promoted back to 10th after a retirement from Karel Abraham and a fading Ben Spies.


After the race a clearly frustrated Rossi told Italian broadcaster Mediaset:

"I had big problems at the beginning of the race: when we are on new tyres I struggle under braking. On top of that, I lost four or five seconds after coming together with Barbera. I then managed to improve a bit and on the last lap I even managed to set my quickest lap on worn tyres. But it's useless, we struggle to be competitive.


"I can't ride this bike, I can't make the difference, I can't even keep up with Hayden's pace, who I used to go quick against in comparison. In theory, with new tyres I should go quicker. Nicky managed to do a good race with the other works Ducati, but he still ended up only sixth."


Rossi added that fighting for sixth position is not an ‘attractive objective' for 2012, believing that the season may end up being tougher than last season. The Italian said:

"Probably we are going worse than last year because we managed to be seventh back then... What can I say? I want to be frank. I can't ride this bike well, even in comparison with my fellow Ducati riders.


"This Ducati has problems: I gave indications over where to intervene, but we didn't solve our problems. Unfortunately I'm no engineer and can't do anything about it. At least the positive aspect is that I don't crash with this chassis. That's something at least."


Rossi appears to have lost faith in the Ducati Desmosedici GP12, as he concluded:

"We ran out of hope last year. More than hope we need a better bike. But I wouldn't want to expose myself like I did last year, by thinking and hoping that the second chassis development would be an improvement.


"I tried to be a professional. When Barbera pushed me out I even considered returning to the pits, but then I stayed out in order to give our technicians some data to study so as to improve things."



Article by visordown news