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GP Week : Issue 119
lucky to reach that in just one step. The Japanese have worked with this stiffness for maybe 30 years. We are just at the first step with the carbon chassis. There is a lot of room for improvement, but I am in a hurry. Is Ducati working alone developing carbon-fibre, or can you get information from car racing? There is a big difference between a car and a bike. We can learn only the technology of the carbon. For me the challenge is to define the best direction of stiffness. It is a very enjoyable interesting challenge for an engineer. What difference has it made, getting Valentino on board? Valentino is very different from Casey. But I think bike we are developing now Casey could be faster, or if not faster then safer. Is it easier to listen to Valentino than Casey? Do his words carry more weight? No. Of course he knows the Yamaha and the Honda and he has many years experience. To be honest, the language is useful because when a rider has to translate his feeling in words it is difficult. With us speaking the same language it is easier. Rossi is very clear when he describes the behaviour of the bike. But you have to believe every rider you have. Are you happy with the progress? Not with the result, but I am happy that what we are doing is good. It must be specially difficult to do this job in a wheelchair. For sure it is more demanding. I would like to attend all the races but I cannot. And I take time to do some things that for other people are normal. On the other hand I have no time to ride the bike, so I have more time to see the data. Do you wish you could ride the Desmosedici? Do you dream about it? Oh yes, I would like that. Moto GP chat >> 19