Just as you can tell when a Harley is somewhere in the vicinity by the distinctive rumble of its V-Twin, so can you tell when a Ducati has just pulled up next to you.
Although many might think that the rattling sound coming from a Ducati is a sign that the bike is in dire need of a tune-up, the bike is in fact perfectly fine. What you are hearing is the signature sound of the Ducati dry clutch, which is music to the ears of many a Ducati enthusiast.
Ducati has been working overtime on the Desmosedici GP12 to give Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi a competitive bike for the 2012 season.
Valentino Rossi and the Ducati team struggled to keep the pace throughout the 2011 season. The GP12 isn't at the front of the pack yet, but Rossi was able to place the Ducati within a second of Jorge Lorenzo's pace today during the first testing session at Sepang.
On April 8th, thousands of fans will watch the first race of the 2012 MotoGP season. Racing fans will watch as Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, and Dani Pedrosa compete on the track. But according to the 2010 MotoGP champion, the real battle will take place in the garages.
Ducati just finished a three day test at Jerez on the new GP12. The Italian manufacturer didn't allow any cameras on the track and they didn't say much about how testing went. Carlos Checa, who rode the GP12 this week, was also tight lipped about the new Ducati details.
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