MotoGP » When should Ducati focus on 2012?

"Rossi lucked into third at Le Mans and Ducati are well aware of that…In reality, he is about fifth or sixth"

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wes - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 9:31 AM

Yep Casey was something special on that Ducati,and something special on the Honda now too.
Ducati might want to focus on poaching another rider as a replacement.Maybe Simoncelli would be a good choice.
Yes Rossi lucked into a descent on paper result in Le Mans...fully agree.Back to reality now though and Ducati can't turn back the clock so they just need to keep working and learn from their mistakes.

obviously this is a rossi fan site and i'm happy i find this site.

back to topic, even randy mamola say ducati is going backwards since 2007, so seeing rossi improving bit by bit is really entertaining for us here....

do remember rossi last won on sepang, less than half year from now and he is thirst for victory again.

soon, we will see him on top of the podium again.

GO GO GO Rossi!

and of course, we will see lorenzo ever struggling due to the speeding away honda.....

Beyonder - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 9:48 AM

So Rossi lucked into 3rd place, but Lorenzo didn't luck into 1st in Jerez when 3 riders went off? Rossi stayed on the bike, others fell off...nothing more nothing less.

Mike Spilligan - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 9:57 AM

Why is nobody mentioning the fact that Lorenzo finished behind the Ducati of Rossi at Le Mans and struggled as much as Rossi to keep up with the Hondas. Now the pressure is on Lorenzo also to get the Yamaha up to speed with the Hondas as the number one rider.

Yam fan - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 9:58 AM

Makes you wonder how good a development rider Casey is, and did he have the skills to develop the bike so other riders have a chance, you cannot deny how good and quick he was in the first season and I am amazed he didnt win more than one WC on the duke, to me spending much more cash on the 2011 duke would be just about a waste, the bike is fundamentally floored, they must know in what areas so spend the cash on the 2012 bike then hopefully we will have more teams/riders in with a chance of a win, all told as a massive fan I want to see racing not just one of the Hondas clearing off into the distance.


May 26, 2011 10:02 AM

I am sure they are already focusing on 2012 and beyond. It was never realistically expected that Rossi would challenge for the WDC in his first season on the Ducati, so this year would be all about finding what needs to be done to make next year's bike a genuine title contender.

Stavros - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 10:24 AM

Casey bears no responsibility whatsoever for the problems with the current Ducati. Jeremy Burgess is 100% correct, Ducati attributed their success to having built what they thought was a winning bike, and the crashes down to a Stoner peculiarity, failing to see that Stoner was having to push ever harder to keep up with the Yamaha. Stoner told Ducati about the problems with the front end and Ducati gave him year old forks as the 'answer'.

reaper46 - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 10:29 AM

I say that Ducati was well prepared for the 800 in 2007 and that's why they dominated. They did the same thing they are doing now with the GP12 in 2006. In 2006 Ducati was the first company to start test then the new 800's. A whole year before. All the other factories had to play catch up. Casey proved to be a winner that year because of preparation from Ducati. In 2008 yamaha had caught with them and we all know what happened after that. Stoner went back to old parts from 2007 over the years and maybe Ducati is also to blame because they let him do that. It took Honda 5 years to get their 800 in winning ways. I would say that it's Stoner on the Honda which is making a difference but all the Hondas are kicking butt this year. What a turn around from the previous years. Bring on the 1000's. As far as Randy goes we all know he doesn't like Rossi. LOL!!!!!!!!

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