MotoGP » Hayden behind WSBK duo, Dovizioso misses out

Ducati starts its final test of 2012, alongside WSBK teams at Jerez

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Mike G

November 28, 2012 9:02 PM

Not a fan of the one tire mfg. rule. No competition = less cutting edge. Perhaps Pirelli WSBK tire that much better than the Bridgestone MotoGP tire?

Lots of unknown variables and like someone mentioned, only first day testing for Ducati MotoGP and like any test, we never really know what teams are working on. Not always going for outright fastest lap and we all know Ducati has lots to work on. LOTS!

M1M - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 9:03 PM

What this test shows, along with a general comparison of race times between WSBK and MotoGP, is that the formula of having a maximum of two wheels prevents the kind of enormous difference that you see in 4 wheel sports between various classes due to the use of aero packages and so on. Even increased engine capacity or turbo/supercharging doesn't have so much effect because of the difficulty in applying the increased power compared to four wheels. Remember though that if WSBKs had to be designed to run on the same fuel and number of engines as the CRTs, they'd have to turn the tuning down dramatically, never mind the 20l per race and 5 engines per season of the MotoGP prototypes next year.

Makrus - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 11:10 PM

Jeez we know the Ducati has been rubbish, the bike they are testing still has plenty of 2012 in it. First day testing and everyone is riding them into the ground already. I'm not saying the bike going to get drastically better straight away and challenge for a championship but wait until the last day of testing before you ride them off I'm sure they will gain more time and will gain more in sepang at the next test. They have A LOT to rectify people.

WSBKer - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 11:20 PM

Superbikes have been sniffing at Motogp times from a while ago. Even before all the engine and fuel rules were in place.

For half the price of a Moto2 bike too.

That's why Dorna hates WSBKs with a passion. And that's why they're gonna bring it down.

Md Zane - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 11:23 PM

Casey had nothing to do wid this bike,this ones Rossi and Burgesses baby.Ha well that's an improvement now it doesn't cost them so much to go this slow now his lordships slinked back off to Yamaha.

mike - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 11:55 PM

Regardless of all the variables that people have mentioned ( no. days testing etc ), I shouldn't be able to buy a bike ( no matter how expensive) that's so close in performance to something that doesn't even have a price to Joe public. I would have expected Ducati to chuck something unusual at the bike set-up wise ( e.g low mpg, softest tyre etc )just for the best lap of the day to avoid the negative PR. Maybe even they didn't expect it. The next days will be interesting.

Dorna are not engineers. They do not understand that the R&D costs involved in developing engines that are more reliable are dis-proportionally high compared to the cost of making 30 engines that produce good power for a short time.

30 GP Engines a year per rider, all sealed up and given to the FIM before the first race. and more fuel.

Limited engines and lower fuel limit for WSBK.


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