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GP Week : Issue 167
“DUCATI HAS CHANGED MORE THAN THE OTHERS” Ducati Corse chief and Desmosedici designer Filippo Preziosi issued a robust defence of Ducati’s progress, after the company had been criticised for a lack of development by the departing Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess. Burgess blamed Rossi’s Laguna crash on a lack of concentration caused by the fact that “we haven’t been keeping his interest” by delivering new parts. A Japanese company on the back foot would have been doing say race by race, he said. The truth was very different, insisted Preziosi. “We tested at least three different frames this year, and five different swing-arms. We changed the shape of the fuel tank, moved the electronics from the front to the centre of the bike. We changed the casting of the engine. Only the front fork is the same, and it is the same one used by all our other competitors. “When you refine the bike, change all the parts, that is very similar to a major redesign,” he told GPWeek. Engine changes had shifted the 90-degree V4 by 25 degrees backwards in the frame, to centralise mass, done in two stages. The second iteration, requiring new crankcase castings, had arrived for the US GP at Laguna. “I think we showed that we are the company that changed more in our history. We used the trellis frame, monocoque, and perimeter. No other company did it in the past. So for sure Ducati is the more open-mind company,” said PreziosI. The same was true about engines. He did not rule out a change to different engine architecture, but did not embrace it either. “We will do whatever is necessary,” he said. “We would be open to do anything. We are a two-cylinder company, and we build a four-cylinder to compete in MotoGP. So we showed then ...” He declined to comment in detail on Rossi’s problems. “I want to speak about that when the season is finished. Now we are committed to do the best. Today we reached the second row, and we are racing tomorrow. So now all our energies have to be concentrated on that. “We have a lot of ideas, but these are in testing. Monday we will test something and we are waiting for his comments.” MOTOGP >>> NEWS Race boss Preziosi answers the critics 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: