Good to see that the changes to the bike are working well. From the sounds of it handles like a Mach III very unstable but fast. At least their listening to Nicky. Come on Melandri has been near top ten on Kawi with no new parts it can't all be the rider on the Ducati. Unless your name is Stoner than you can ride the piss out of it.
I said this on another forum before the year started. Nicky will not finish in the top 5 at any race this year.
I personally do not think he has the top level talent like Stoner, Rossi, Pedrosa, Lorenzo to be there week in and week out. I like the guy but liking him and thinking he has what it takes are 2 different things.
Personally I like to see him go to WSBK back on a SuperBike where is skill set and size would be better suited.
"I live my life in a confused haze only to be interrupted by moments of brilliance..."
I read they changed everything but the grips on the bike before the weekend and it showed promise.
I do think his size isn't helping him, he is one of the larger riders out there, and the bigger bikes seemed to fit him better. BUT - Rossi is on the larger end of the rider size spectrum too. So that shoots the theory down a bit as he seems to be carrying on just fine in the smaller bikes.
WSBK would be better than 12th place finishes!
It kills me to not even see him ride during the telecasts!