MotoGP » Poll: Can the Rossi/Ducati partnership work?

Can the Valentino Rossi/Ducati partnership be made to work or will need to switch manufacturers to claim an 80th MotoGP win...

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April 23, 2012 11:56 AM

Longer term, Ducati (or should i say Audi) need to employ a separate design team, with a chassis man like Gordon Murray, and an engine designer from one of the Japanese firms, and they need to develop a racing machine with hired test riders who provide feedback and expect nothing but a paycheque in return.
Ducati have started down so many paths recently they cannot possibly recover without a fresh, independent, and longer term approach to solving the problem.


April 23, 2012 11:58 AM

@ 4325234523

So Rossi knows more than engineers that have studied this and done this for years...?
Furthermore, the factory HAVE been doing what Rossi ask. After the amount of cash invested in Rossi it would be futile to NOT do as he requests...

Wake up.

Denial is NOT only a river in Egypt.

Dr Thompson - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 11:58 AM

Selective memory again, for the most part Stoner rode straight into the gravel. I wish people would stop acting like he was capable of absolutely anything on the Duc because he certainly wasn't.


April 23, 2012 12:05 PM

Well it seems Dr Thompson that you have selective memory. No, Casey didnt ride straight into the gravel.
Considering Stoner won more races than anyone at his time at Ducati and Rossi on the Duc only sees the podium when he passes by it going down pit lane, yeah, Casey was capable on anything on the Duc compared to Rossi.

RaceFan - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 12:06 PM

I know this will generate disagreement, but I feel they will be unable to get it right and this partnership is sadly set to end. Ducati's WSBK and MotoGP history has been spsnt perfecting machines for riders who like a bike which moves around predictably, beneath them. The great Valentino (yes, he is) likes his machines to run on rails, like the Yamaha he rode to championship glory.
Stoner's success on the Ducati MotoGP machine can be put down to his consummate skill on a bike which doesn't go fast around corners 'unless' it breaks traction and spins up the rear. Although Vale can do that, it's simply not his style to do an entire race that way. Nicky Hayden's dirt track background lends itself well to this style and that has to be a major factor in why he is consistently beating The Doctor. Rossi and Ducati are set for a divorce, which can only be bad for MotoGP as the remaining top guys, great riders as they are, have ZERO personality between them.

mick - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 12:07 PM

So why is it Dr Thompson that Stoner is the only rider ever to have any success on the Ducati?
And while your answering that question,perhaps you can tell us why the greatest of all time has done absolutely nothing on it.


April 23, 2012 12:10 PM

Dr Thompson....

Sigh, Stoner (a) Winning more 800cc races than ANY other rider and (b) binning the Duc show that he was at least willing to push the limits in order to win races rather than putter around and cry for new parts new parts new parts...

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