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GP Week : Issue 153
Heavy rain that held off over race weekend forced early cancellation of Estoril post-GP tests, robbing MotoGP factory teams of a rare official testing opportunity, the first since the start of racing at Qatar at the beginning of April. A continuous downpour thwarted Honda’s plans of addressing the violent tyre chatter that Stoner blames for his arm-pump problem; but the cancellation hit Ducati the hardest. It denied a first chance for Rossi to test a revised engine. This will now have to be delayed to private tests at Mugello scheduled for the end of May, after the French GP. Ducati Corse chief Filippo Preziosi made use of the down-time by describing the nature and timing of future developments in the bid to get Rossi back to the front. The engine revision addressed the rider’s complaints of being too aggressive at small throttle openings, using conventional engine tuning aimed at giving more torque at low rpm and less power at high revs, he said. But he was not sure of the effect. “Usually, this kind of engine gives better driveability, but this happens when you don’t have enough torque at low rpm, so doing that the engine is a lot smoother. For the engine we have now, we have a lot of torque, even at low rpm. In fact, we are not opening the throttle body at low rpm, because the torque is more than the chassis is able to use. “For that reason there is a question mark that only our riders can answer ... if it makes sense to put more torque and less top power even with this kind of engine. So we are very interested to test and to have the final answer to that question,” he said. With the schedule imposed by the restrictions to six engines, the earliest they could put this engine on the track would be at Silverstone, in two races time, he said. The next upgrade would come with another new engine as well as “a more complete package” for the US GP at Laguna Seca at the end of July. Footnote: Preziosi addressed criticism from die-hard Ducati fans who complain that the factory is “building a Yamaha” for Rossi. “For sure this challenge is done because we want to build a bike for Valentino, because we believe that the bike that Valentino likes is a good bike for all the riders. We are following the Valentino direction, what he needs and what he suggests, at the best of our capability.” DUCATI HIT HARDEST BY TEST WASH-OUT Upgrades for Rossi at Silverstone, Laguna Seca COMPROMISE IS NOT AN OPTION SUPPORTS THE NORTH WEST 200 Shane Byrne, PBM, MCE British Superbike Championship. Photograph courtesy of www.doublered.co.uk & www.jonessophotography.co.uk silkolene.com 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS MOTOGP >>> NEWS