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Guareschi’s perspective on the new Desmosedici

Guareschi’s perspective on the new Desmosedici

The Ducati Team Manager and Test rider spoke about the GP11 with motogp.com, and you can view his insight in the attached video.

Vittoriano Guareschi, Team Manager and Test rider for Ducati, gave his rundown of the new Desmosedici GP11 which was presented at the Wrooom event on Wednesday, detailing the major changes to the prototype from last year’s model.

In the attached video interview with motogp.com Guareschi talks about the new, more flexible front forks on the GP11, as well as the altered side winglets to improve aerodynamics.

“We have a different fairing with a new cut to improve drag, and different winglets which are wider than in 2010. We developed this fairing because we want less drag and more down force,” said Guareschi. “The 2011 engine has more torque, more revs, and is much better than 2010. It’s easier to understand coming out of the corner. We worked on corner exit because we wanted more acceleration and more of a connection with the tyre, which is important for the riders. It will be necessary to work more, but this is a good start for 2011.”

Expanding on the aerodynamic aspect of the bike, Guareschi added: “At the moment we haven’t been in the wind tunnel with Valentino, but we have a programme to test this with him. Obviously if the results aren’t great that’s something we will work on.”

On Wednesday Filippo Preziosi told motogp.com that the team would be testing the prototype further at Jerez for three days, starting on Monday (January 17th), and Guareschi added some more details to what the Ducati crew will be focusing on.

“We have two lines of work in our programme for the Test; Franco (Battaini, Test rider) will focus on electronics, and I will concentrate on improving the setting and the chassis. We just hope for good weather conditions!”

Asked about the impact of Rossi’s recovering shoulder on the progress of the bike’s development, and with the first Official Test of 2011 getting underway in Malaysia on February 1st, Guareschi concluded: “We want him in good condition of course. When he is 100% we will start to modify the bike, but we want him in good condition before that.”

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MotoGP, 2011, Ducati Team

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