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Rossi seeking to revive some Mugello magic

Never has it been so important for Valentino Rossi to show good form at his home race Mugello this weekend. Its not really come togther for Vale and Ducti just yet, although I will be the last man to write the guy off. He is far too talented for that.

However, it is hard to overestimate the importance of this weekend’s Italian MotoGP for Valentino Rossi and Ducati.

The seven-time MotoGP champion will be competing in his first home as a home Ducati rider, at a track where he suffered his most serious injury of his career.

Rossi won at Mugello for seven successive seasons from 2002-2008, before being beaten to third in 2009 and then breaking his leg in practice for the 2010 event.

The Doctor returns with just one podium from his first seven races for Ducati, during what is now his longest losing steak since joining MotoGP – Rossi’s last victory having been at Malaysia 2010, a space of ten races.

But there is reason for optimism ahead of Mugello.

Fourth on his race debut with the new GP11.1 last Saturday at Assen, Rossi has previous testing knowledge of both the 11.1’s chassis and Mugello’s new racing surface.

That was with the 2012 engine – which could have been as large as 1000cc, or as small as, say, 900cc. Maybe smaller.

Ducati, like all manufacturers, is yet to confirm it will utilise the full 1000cc capacity available due to the fuel restrictions and experimenting with several engine sizes would hardly be surprising.

“We’ve ridden there with the GP12, but because our bike is an 800, it responds a little differently to adjustments, and it’s also in its first phase of development,” said Rossi of his private Mugello tests on the 2012 bike.

“It will be vital to quickly find the right path for the setup, as it’s important that we improve in every session in order to qualify in a good position.”

In the past, Rossi has proven more than capable of rising to the occasion for his fanatical home fans and – even without crew chief Jerry Burgess (see separate story) – the 32-year-old knows Italy and Ducati will be desperate for at least a podium challenge on Sunday.

“The track is one of my favourites, and I’ve always done pretty well there,” Rossi continued.

“Returning after last year’s accident is no problem for me, because I enjoyed riding there during the recent tests, as I always do.

“I hope there will be a big crowd and that I’ll be able to do better than we’ve managed until now, because this is a very important race,” he admitted.

Rossi is fourth in the world championship with a best race finish of third, at Le Mans.

Rossi finally shows off those Ducati leathers….not sure about the yellow with the red

By Edgar Jessop
Image by Ducati Corse

Ducati have today released the first pictures of Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP colour scheme which he will use for the most of next year, save for the doubtless special editions that are bound to surface at Mugello etc. The Desmosedici GP12 is, erm, very red and yellow but not as horrible as his leathers.

Here comes the science:

Engine: four-stroke, 90-degree V4, liquid cooled, desmodromic double shaft overhead cam, four-valves per cylinder

Displacement: 799cc

Maximum power: more than 200bhp

Maximum speed: more 310km/h

Transmission: six-speed extractable Exchange,with alternative gear ratios available. Chain final drive

Clutch: Dry multi-plate slipper clutch.

Supply: Magneti Marelli indirect electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves. Throttles operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback).

Fuel: Shell V-Power Racing

Lubricant: Shell Advance Ultra 4

Ignition: Magneti Marelli

Exhaust: Termignoni

Final drive: Chain Regina

Chassis: Carbon fibre

Suspension: Öhlins 48mm upside-down and Öhlins rear shock, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping

Tyres: Bridgestone, front and rear 16.5in

Brakes: Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston calipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with dual-piston caliper.

Dry weight: 150kg