MotoGP » Official: Andrea Dovizioso to Ducati

"Andrea's technical sensibility and test-riding abilities are of great value, as are his talent and determination" - Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse.

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tom cat - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 11:04 PM

I hope everything goes ok for Dovi, BUT having read in the motorcycle news the way ducati treated cal ,promises broken ect it makes a lot more sense why rossi and stoner left,you can only stand so many broken promises befor you lose total faith in anything that you told.

Dreaming - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 11:05 PM

Hey, if Dovi couldn't dominate on a Factory Repsol Honda there is no way in HELL he is going to do well on that Duc, no way. I do wish him luck, but I just can't see it happening.

SonofSam - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 11:10 PM

I like Dovi & hope this works out better for him than it has everybody else. This is hopefully also good news for both Cal Crutchlow & Bradley Smith. Cal as he will hopefully now retain his ride & if that does happen surely having a fellow countryman as a team mate will help ease Bradley into MotoGP. If Dovi, Hayden (& Rossi) can get the Duke working better next season is looking like it could be quite interesting.....for a change!


August 22, 2012 11:10 PM
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"they were about to drop Hayden in favor of Dovi Posted by Realist"
I'm not so sure about that. When Cal was first in talks with Ducati I reckon their plan was to pair Cal with Val. When they realised that Val was likely to scurry, they signed Nicky in a hurry, and by the time VR did announce his move, Dovi had worked his way into the vacant seat groove.
Through 2013 and into 2014 the Duc will improve- Audi will kick butt until it does- but so will the other factories. A real breakthrough is the only way Ducati will get back to the front.

Crazy - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 11:31 PM

I can already see it now. Audi commits millions to Ducati in both R&D and team support. They are now able to churn out different engineering concepts a lot fast then they were ever able to. Adding to that they have the vast amounts of technical inputs provided to them by Rossi and crew. If everything falls into place they should have a competitive bike next year. I honestly believe both Rossi and Stoner were telling Ducati the same things...this bike needs changing, but Ducati didnt have the money to do it as quickly as the other teams. Stoner was able to work magic that one year, but we all know that he was bitching about that bike all the time. I honestly believe that with proper funding and input from the right people that bike will and can be not just a winner, but a consistent performer.

t09845uy08u805ug - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 11:47 PM

Audi doesn't want to put money on a "dovizioso"... They are germanys, they don't even finance anything.

So, goodbye Dovi, have fun with the career destroyer bike, that bike is gonna destoy you... the best you got, you can't do it with that bike sicen you are a front wheel rider.

Bye bye Dovi! and if Preziozi tell you that you are gonna have a new bike, with a better engine, beter chasis... don't believe it, that guy is a compulsive liar.

Run home to mummy - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 11:54 PM

Good to see Dovi is planning for his future and getting the biggest pay cheque he possibly could because I don't think for a second he believes that it will be a competitive bike next year. He was never going to challenge for the title no matter which bike he was on so who can blame him for taking the money.

492ht - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 11:57 PM

If Ducati didn't change for Rossi, they certainly won't for Dovi. Audi cares not for going head to head with Honda and Yamaha - they care about BMW, MB, etc., so if/when BMW comes to MotoGP, that's when I believe Audi will make an impact. Till then, Ducati is just their little pet, with their little motorbicycle racing project.

Sorry Dovi - I like you, but you're effed!

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