Misano MotoGP test: Gossip, rumour and intrigue - Bikesport News

Misano MotoGP test: Gossip, rumour and intrigue

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso has said many, many times that Ducati need to take a long, hard look at the Desmosedici chassis instead of pissing about with little spoilers on swingarms and other frippery. Well, he may not have taken it that far, you but you get the drift.

Team boss Davide Tardozzi has confirmed the manufacturer is doing something to make the bike turn but says it is a long process and that you can’t just focus on a weakness at the expense of losing your strengths. Like top speed. Which is now matched by Honda…

Power is, as Durex or some other rubber firm used to put in, nothing without control. And Yamaha still, it would seem, don’t have enough power to worry about controlling it. Maverick Vinales was all ‘meh’ about the 2020 engine at Misano.

M1 project leader Takahiro Sumi says getting more top speed out of the bike without changing its trademark corner speed is difficult but it is their priority. “We’ve never had the most horsepower in this paddock, but have always tried to reach extra top speed. This is not easy without losing handling. Nevertheless, that is our main goal,” he said. Probably with his fingers crossed.

Rumours that Jorge Lorenzo is likely to soon call it a day intensified at Misano as the Spaniard said on the eve of the test: “If you’re used to winning races, but then have to take heavy crashes, you have doubts about life and career.”

The Spaniard has pretty much been injured since Aragon 2018 after he mashed his foot in a crash there and hasn’t been fully fit since with various on-track and off-road incidents, the last of which resulted in two cracked vertebrae.

Even though Fabio Quartararo dominated the Misano timesheets (probably on a soft-compound ‘calibration’ tyre supplied by Michelin which is not to be called a qualifier) he noted that Marquez did not go out on a new tyre to set an ultimate fastest lap.

Quartararo was half a second quicker than the pack but said of Marquez ‘we do not know exactly what lap time he could have done’. Which is very wise for a yoof.

Marquez, meanwhile, was coy about what 2020 parts he had been testing on the four bikes made available to him over the two days. “I can’t tell you,” he said. “I can lie about it if you want…”

KTM boss Mike Leitner admitted that they are still some way off where they need to be in terms of results but said there is no single place that is killing the RC16, it’s just everything needs to be tweaked up to catch up. “we are in no area at the level where we want to be. That’s a matter of time.”

While we’re milling around at the back, Instagram star Andrea Iannone confirmed Aprilia want a whole new bike for 2020 and that was backed up by a whole hoard of people from the factory in attendance at Misano.

Apparently, Sylvain Guintoli had a brush with the Feds on his way to Silverstone. His McLaren was seen being given a talking to by the Blue Light Taxi Service at the circuit entrance on the Saturday morning.

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