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Filippo Preziosi to change role at Ducati? Suter to build the Desmosedici MotoGP chassis?

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Fraud 27 - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 5:16 PM

AHAHAHAH At last someone with balls to put Ducati on the right place for the Future!! If this is true will be a dramatic change for Ducati and also a big chance of him 2013 they have a very refine bike that can be competitive.. Not like this sht that has been taking patches for 5 years without showing any change on the request made buy riders... I think this is unfair for Rossi, they should let run this sht for one more year for we wach Ducati even worst on the hands of Dovi.. Anyway at least with this news Dovi can smille a bit and i wich the best for him

fiat500 - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 5:19 PM

that's the right path.

actually all official factories should reduce their involvement in MotoGP and keep their factory brand on WSBK where they can develop and win with bikes that they can actually sell...

if prototypes are to survice in motorbike racing, it will be like Formula1, with private teams building the bike and factories providing engines (under strict rules and limitations) - see Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and so on...

(not sure how much sense prototypes make nowadays, since they only go 1 or 2 seconds faster than series derived Superbikes and from the outside they look like Superbikes... anyway that's where things are headed because of the cost cutting / rule limitations ahead).

lean two

November 10, 2012 5:21 PM

One step back two steps forward... saw this coming...

This is just the 1st move from Audi... look for more to come, mostly in the way decisions are made... no longer will they take the Ducati traditional pondering to to get things done...

Audi will step up production... Hayden n Dovi will now get new parts in 3 days not 3 months... Audi want results

Codger

November 10, 2012 5:23 PM

For Rossi haters:-

"Audi had put a lot of effort into retaining Valentino Rossi for Ducati, and are said to have been very unhappy when it was announced he had decided to leave and return to Yamaha. The loss of Rossi was probably the final straw for Audi, the German car manufacturer deciding at that point that drastic measures would be needed to rectify the situation."

gutbucket - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 5:23 PM

hope this is just a rumour.ducati are the ferrari of motorcycles and have just managed to get rid of rossi and co who i think have pushed development in the wrong direction,they should at least give preziosi a chance to get back on track with his carbon fibre design or coughe up a couple of million for stoner to ride as a development rider (if he would accept).dont suter make colin edwards chassis? enough said.

Jon - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 5:29 PM

Ducati managed to get rid of Rossi & Co ?? Are you for real ? Ducati said they were disappointed that they couldn't retain but understood their reason for leaving....

Wolfy35

November 10, 2012 5:32 PM

@gorbachov

AUDI didnt want Rossi?

Yeh of course they did thats why they offered Rossi a pay increase plus a role in developing the bike that will replace the Panigale as well as a WSBK ride when Rossi wanted to leave MotoGP.

Nicky Hayden has said in an interview this weekend that Rossi never stopped trying but improvements that were needed simply either did not happen or did not happen in time before other teams improved.

True Fan - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 5:32 PM

@Codger "At least Audi have listened to Rossi & JB."

What rubbish. This has nothing to do with Rossi or JB. They spent two years making wholesale changes and got nowhere. Stoner spent 4 years AND WON RACES, yet they didn't listen to him. Ducati is a small Italian factory. The problem lies with their management, not the racing department. They spent 30 million Euros on charisma instead of upgrading the bike to solve the problems Stoner told them about. He rode it hard enough to give them good development data. Rossi didn't ride it properly, so the data he provided is next to worthless.

They're more likely to get good data from Hayden and Ionnone than the others. Dovi is a smooth riding late braker - not quite Ducati style. Who knows how Ben will go.

Anyway, the original 750SS Ducatis had a frame designed by Ron Seeley, so outsourcing frame development is part of their racing heritage. Seeley originated the concept of using the engine as a stress bearing member.

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