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What changed on Rossi's bike in Assen

Interesting article on what changes were made on Rossi's bike at Aragon that helped him win at Assen.

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sp...r-for-revival/

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Maybe my comprehension is not so bueno, but did it say that they adjusted the front forks for his style, or front in general? I didn't catch what was it that he did...


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Kind of explains why Rossi's been lagging just a little.
But even if he's starting on the third row, his actual times are usually within a second of the fastest qualifiers. That's pretty damn close when it takes just under 2 minutes to do a lap.
Sounds like the softer carcass tires and the physical movement at the beginning of the fork stroke was screwing up his late braking.
Good article GTS!
And I'm glad for Rossi too.

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Amazing they can tune forks for different initial damping compared to that later travel. On our forks we can't do that! Well, stuff like this is perhaps partly why these bikes are so expensive to build & develop.

I'd love to see Rossi continue winning from here on, or at least be on the podium and most of all, would be great to see him win another title. Maybe, maybe not a possibility? Time will tell.

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Interesting article on what changes were made on Rossi's bike at Aragon that helped him win at Assen.

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sp...r-for-revival/
The main reason he won is because Lorenzo was hurt haha!!
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Sounds like Rossi has made a decision. He's giving himself the first 6 races to either run up front, or get out...

http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/moto...14/#more-51024

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I think Rossi made a bad move switching to Ducati.
He may have had issues with Yamaha, but it was still a potential winner rather than a certain loser.
That was prime race time squandered that could have been used to win points leading to a possible championship.
The devil you know may be better than the devil you don't.

I also feel this way with Nicky Hayden.
His loyalty can't be discounted, but racing is a business. And like a business, a rider has to look out after number 1.
And if the bike can't fulfill the task, or management is unwilling to make the necessary changes, then it's time to think about terminating the agreement.

I hope Nicky will do well back at Honda, and I hope Rossi can find what he's looking for, but both riders are competing in a sport where stature is now a major determining factor, and all teams are now looking for humans the size of rhesus monkeys to design their bikes around. The age of "designer riders" is increasingly upon us.
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From what I read, Rossi had never missed a GP race until he was injured on a Duc.
It seems to me that Ducati has had an overall negative impact on some of it's top riders. I don't hold much hope at all for Cal.

I think Rossi may be announcing his retirement after the Mugello race next year...

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I think Rossi made the move to Ducati because he wanted to win for an Italian manufacturer, in his final seasons. Unfortunately the bike proved to be uncompetitive and still is. Sad, as it's a truly beautiful machine. Was amazing to look at close up...

Anyways, I think the writing's on the wall. This will be his last season...
The newer guys are faster than he is.
For example I noticed at Motegi Rossi's switch front right to left on the chicane after the back straight weren't as aggressive / fast as say Lorenzo's and Marquez. He's not as prepared to crash as the younger riders either & I don't blame him - he's been a champion for a very long time. I guess he's not really that hungry any more but I still hope he'll prove us all wrong and come into a winning streak next year.
Should be another great season. We'll be at Motegi.... we need to get Carlos' tail cowl signed by the Doc before his time expires!

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We'll be at Motegi.... we need to get Carlos' and DUCK'S tail cowl signed by the Doc before his time expires!
There - I fixed it for ya, BUDDY. Or, Edwards would be even better for me....

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