MotoGP » Hayden behind WSBK duo, Dovizioso misses out

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

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Spoone - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 6:58 PM

Hayden is also riding injured/recuperating (first day back in the saddle), and was only 2/3 of a second off Laverty, who was doing a balls out run on super-pole tires.

Consider also that the WSBK guys had already been there a few days, while Ducati had only just begun their testing.

Perspective. Something that's missing here..


November 29, 2012 7:39 PM

re: "what it does say is that a racing heritage factory such as Ducati believes that a private builder can accomplish what the factory can or better (cheaper?)."

well this case is an EXCEPTION to the rule, not to be confused with the rule. when you have ZERO experience with ally twin-spar, the guy in his garage with hammer and tongs is technically one rung above you on the ladder. LOL btw, that was just for the 1st year while they were waiting on audi to "close escrow". will they still be in the picture now that audi is at the helm...? FTR's chances just dropped to 50/50. even if they're good for now, the germans will eventually want everything in house and under their control. it is the deutsche way.


November 29, 2012 8:03 PM

Regulate WSB engines to last over 3000km and restrict the fuel and you will see their times increase, add to that the Bridgstones are built for endurance not outright speed also the fact they need higher temperature than Pirelli to work optimum not the 14deg of today and yesterday. Even if you made WSB engines have to last CRT milage they would slow down considerably, I doubt you will see any ART in 2014 and the RSV4 will struggle when limited.
There are some of you who will say its just testing so can change engines, they don't test things they cannot use in the race.

Tools of the Tradies - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 11:25 PM

Dorna should allow CRT teams to take everything from WSBK and combine that formula with custom frames. Low cost with increased competition. And drop the silly, engine-purchase clause. I'd guess each new bike would run about 600 or 700K, as opposed to the millions for each and every MotoGP bike.

Happy Holidays, folks!

wit nit - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 2:00 AM

image trumps practicality in the great circus. Allowing the CRTs to refresh their engines would probably improve their lap times much faster and cheaper than making them work with sealed under powered motors & trying to completely over-engineer the frame/tires. Sykes would own the CRTs in MotoGP. Special interests want people to see smaller motors in F1 and longer lasting more expensive motors in MotoGP. MotoGP want all their bikes working on the same tires, this will only lead to one bike winning almost all the time, until all the bikes build their bike just like the one that is most successful on those tires. Its called monopoly, and its a very bad thing if you appreciate competition, but its good for the owners like Dorna. - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 8:39 AM

Nicky got 1m 40.090s on Thursday set with race tyre and Eugene Laverty got 1m 40.185s by Aprilia WSBK set with qualifying tyre on Wednesday. Laverty and Kawasaki's Tom Sykes both set a 1m 40.4s with race tyres. The Jerez MotoGP race lap record is a 1m 39.731s. Good enough for Nicky.

george - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 8:43 AM

well at least now we know why Rossi showed them the middle finger and went back to Yamaha.
Funny hearing all these B.S. reasons why WSBK quicker, would that have happened of Yam or Honda MotoGP bikes were on track? NO!!!
Also funny these stoner fans wanting him back, never happen, he knows what a piece of shyte that thing is, that's why he went to Honda, LET IT GO, HE WONT WIN ON IT EITHER!!! sadly we will have to see a young rider die on it before the arrogant f***ks admit they cant build motogp machinery. To the idiot that thought the changes were what Rossi & Burgess wanted, Yam did what was asked and produced a winner, duc eventually made some changes, not enough as results show, remember these obnoxious tw@ts sent Melandri, the only rider to win on the BMW, to counselling instead of listening to him, they have a flawed system, end of.

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