The tale, of course, is that of Valentino Rossi, Filippo Preziosi and Jeremy Burgess as they wrestle with Ducati’s latest MotoGP racer. Rossi (and fellow factory rider Nicky Hayden) hasn’t been able to find confidence in the bike, mostly due to his inability to “read” what the front tire is doing. Lack of information from the chassis equals a lack of confidence, speed and results. The expectations of the Rossi/Ducati pairing were really high, and an average finish of sixth in the series’ 13 races to date doesn’t measure up. Even worse is the gap to first place: an average of 30 seconds at the finish.