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GP Week : Issue 85
Moto GP MUgello >> Honda's first win of the year came at Ducati's special track. It looked as though it marked a turning point. The bike that started the year wobbling around, criticised roundly by its riders, was simply unbeatable. The red one, praised by all for the improved grip and feeling from its revised- firing-intervals engine, left both factory riders struggling, and one of them on the ground. In each case, the pair of riders have very different ways of setting up their machines. Detailed examination of Pedrosa's and Dovizioso's Hondas reveal a myriad of differences in suspension, weight distribution and even chassis stiffness. Over at Ducati, the biggest difference is that Stoner has gone back to last year's Öhlins forks, while Hayden has stuck with the later "through-rod" variation. The irony was that Hayden crashed in exactly the same way as Stoner had at two of the previous three races . .. losing the front so quickly it was impossible to catch it. Stoner was, in a way, pleased to see it, because it vindicated his backward step: "Some people say the new forks are better. They're not -- just different," he said, adding that he definitely preferred the more familiar feel of the older ones. But will it be enough to catch up again with Honda? Ducati doldrums, Honda's return vw 35