> Ducati overhauled its Desmosedici for 2012, finally consigning its carbon-fibre chassis to its museum and replacing it with an aluminium chassis, as favoured by rival manufacturers. The GP12 was better, but there was still plenty wrong with it. Rossi was happier in his second year with Ducati, scoring two podiums, including an excellent second place at Misano, just four seconds behind the winner. He also halved his accident rate, partly because he had decided to take fewer risks after so many falls in 2011.
Rossi played it steady on the Ducati in 2012