MotoGP » Ducati: Full upgrade package for Laguna Seca


"We will not have the total package at Mugello. This is unfortunate, because Valentino likes the race a lot and it is our home track" - Filippo Preziosi.

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hotrijder7 - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 10:10 AM

Pirelli messing up at WSBK Monza round, and now it seems maybe F1 and it would appear Bridgestone are supplying a tyre that's causing chatter and ruining the races for riders and a lot of teams in MotoGP.

I'm begining to think if the one make tyre rule in these championships has run its course.

aussie1 - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 1:02 PM

all this BS being spoken by rossi and ducati just underline the brilliant job stoner did on this bike. when are people going to acknowledge rossi is past his use by date and bring in a younger more desperate rider. i dont want to bag rossi because he is one of the greats but maybe he has lost his desire and may be better of doing something else

Realist

May 09, 2012 5:22 PM

@ donny

What exactly is a "jap replica"? Does having a full frame define a jap bike? If so, I guess all of the full-framed Ducati's out there are "jap replica's" too, right? You, along with all of the other people that regurgitate this nonsense, sound extremely silly.

P.S. Hayden had a good run......for a few laps. I wouldn't rave about a bike that runs out of steam by lap 3.

motomoto - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 5:31 PM

again , unqualified postings.
First
Audi isn't cracking any whip. It's a sure bet that they haven't spoken to anyone at Ducati gp or even visited the gp facility. no need to interfere if you have nothing to bring to the table. And they don't. Stop with the Audi talk already.
Second
This is another story irresponsibly blown out of proportion. There might be parts, but no magic 1 second per lap parts, not for the current riders anyway.
Funny how there is no press coverage for the steady flow of parts for the Honda or Yamaha as wall. Their improvements will be identical to the Ducati's. No gain, no loss, no change for anyone. See, thats a rational intelligent take on current affairs on gp. No "magic" parts or excuses for the current pecking order in gp.

Marc - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 6:12 PM

Sounds like Pesisozi is covering his butt or has realized that we should follow what the rider wants instead of being pig headed and figuring that engineers know best.

J - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 6:37 PM

I am very sad to see Valentino struggle so much but so is Ducati. Most posters on here are creating some rivalry between Vale and Ducati that is not there. Vale requested changes to the bike and engineering tried to answer those request through its design. The engineering changes although significant did not solve the issues Vale asked to be solved. Vale did not design the bike. vale did not tell them how to design the changes into the bike he just indicated the changes that needed to be done. The truth is some issues got solved but others surfaced. I do not see a blame machine going on here. Preziosi simply laid out the order of things. There are frustrating problems and they are both working on them, from rider and engineer, bear in mind this path is all new to Ducati.

J - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 6:48 PM

You guys also forgot that when Rossi stepped on the M1 he had unlimited testing time to refine the bike and give voluminous information to engineering and together they developed a winning bike. The same cannot be said today with restrictive testing (and yes they have relaxed the rules a little but nowhere near what it was) couple that with a complete new direction for ducati that is only 3 races in and it is not such a bad picture. As fans we feel emotional about it becuase we are used to seeing Rossi up front and right now it is not possible. YES! I hoped they would find a miracle solution but that has not happen and now I just have to be realistic. I am still supportive of Vale and his team..this phase just sucks cause I want to see him up there. Not only is testing limited but engine supply rules that affects when the updates come in...dam... Go Rossi and Nicky

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 6:58 PM

@motomoto

It is very unlikely that VW/Audi would spend a fortune to acquire Ducati and be completely hands-off in how it is run, especially with the current poor run of results.

It will essentially retain the flavour that is Ducati, but restructure the company from top to bottom to make it more lean and mean and cost effective, and hopefully oversee the production of a race winning bike.
German efficiency is not a myth.

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 7:25 PM

@motomoto

What could have possibly driven Preziosi to be so candid in his statement? Prior to Audi taking over, hardly ever would he detract from his usual announcements about the bike development?
It has been mostly tech talk coming from him, with regards to Rossi and JB and the bike, but this seems calculated and suggests to me that someone has set a large fire under his chair and he's mighty desperate to shift the blame, past, present or future inspite of his candour.
Preziosi is the captain, and naturally ought to sink with his ship. Ducati hit the iceberg long before Casey.

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 7:50 PM

@motomoto

The assimilation has already begun, and Preziosi cannot resist nor play Emperor any more, and that is why the finger pointing has gone up a considerable notch.
If he has designs on hanging on to his job, blaming the hired help is not a good way to start, not now.

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