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Is Ducati getting there?

chip, chip… That’s the of Ducati’s MotoGP crew chipping away at their to Honda and Yamaha.

It would be too to talk of a Ducati renaissance but was by far the factory’s best Grand so far this year. Only a few ago it seemed like there was no at the end of the tunnel; now both Valentino and Nicky Hayden can see the way forward.

pace in the second half was so that both riders relentlessly on the Bradl/Dovizioso duel for Hayden throwing caution to the as he barged past Bradl on the lap. He wasn’t close to the front to be in ‘win it or bin it’ mode, but at he had a chance of ‘podium or opprobrium’.

I passed Bradl I was trying to get on rear wheel,” said “I threw up a Hail Mary and for it. The thought of being on the podium on the in Italy was incredible.”

As it turned out, Bradl revenge on Hayden at the next the mightily impressive rookie through on the inside and hanging the out to dry. Hayden nearly ran off the which made him easy for Rossi and Cal Crutchlow who had been for most of the race.

One moment could almost taste the champagne (okay, it’s cava in MotoGP), the next he was the line in seventh. “It’s to take,” he said. “It really but I’ll get over it. Probably.”

finished fifth, one second off the and 11 seconds off the win. At Silverstone he had 34 seconds down, in Germany it was 28

“From half-distance I had a good said Rossi, sounding optimistic than he’s for a long time.

Mugello may be test track, but Rossi’s crucial improvement came on day, not during testing. warm-up we modified the front,” he “After that the bike was strong on corner entry, so I push a lot on the front.”

Is this the big It’s not so long ago that seemed entirely incapable of the Desmosedici’s disastrous front-end problems.

The next priorities are power delivery and fixing Rossi has his biggest understeer when he fits a soft tyre to go for his ‘time …’ qualifying. The softer rear him more grip than the tyre can handle, so when he out of a corner the bike drifts out to the and he can’t get on the gas as hard as he’d

“We struggle too much in qualifying, so I get a good grid position, makes things very in the race,” he added.

Hayden was a second quicker in Mugello but the American struggled with grip in the early stages of the “After warm-up Bridgestone me the hard tyre I was planning to use for the might blister, so they me to use the extra-hard,” said Hayden. “I ‘no way’, so we raised the pressure in the tyre instead.”

Increasing pressure reduces temperature but shrinks the contact patch reduces grip.

“The came around on me a couple of on the sighting lap. And in the race I have great grip I played around with the map and found some traction. when the guys going for started coming back to me. exciting.

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The bike has improved a lot in the last or four races. We haven’t all the problems but we are working in a good

Rossi also advises against reinventing the Desmosedici. “It be a mistake to restart from he said. “If we can fix these problems the could be very good for

However, Rossi’s crew Jeremy Burgess believes changes are still required and is impatient with the rate of

“This bike is still a wrapped around an engine, than an engine designed to go in a explained Burgess. “We need new because we can’t keep the engine because then the sprocket gets higher and which affects the swingarm and thus handling. You’d we would’ve had new ’cases by Le Mans, but we are at the ninth race with the bike we had at the first tests.

“There’s lots of other things. The Honda gets a on us out of the corners because it’s and the Yamaha is another step They’ve got primary and secondary while we’ve only got injectors.”

Arguably the really big is this: will Rossi be at in 2013? The Italian has been by Audi – Ducati’s new owners – who determined to stay in MotoGP and it work. But is that enough?

problem is that I have to that the situation will he said. “Maybe with from Audi we can fix the problems. But just a gamble.”

Meanwhile Crutchlow waits in the wondering why his talks with seem to have cooled. Rossi makes up his mind, then will the Briton a clue about what doing in 2013.

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