MotoGP » Ducati set to kick-start post-Rossi era

Ducati will take the wraps off its latest MotoGP contender at Wrooom 2013, with Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden, Andrea Iannone and Ben Spies all in attendance.

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prof-x - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 1:53 PM

Rossi is overrated, just look at how hes getting primo support from Bridgestone now that hes back with the only bike that didn't have issues with the tires last year. Get real. Dovi is a great rider, hes never been #1 on any team hes been on in the top class, and he did great in 2011 by finishing in front of Dani Pedrosa, by beating him at Valencia.

When are you guys gonna own up and admit that what you see on tv is not real? Cause if Ducati had tires that worked for it Honda and Yamaha would be sh*t out of luck, and they would own both those brands with the control tire rule. Its all about tires, getting the setup to make them work and to get the most out of them on any given lap. Talent is important, but you CANNOT DEFY 'PHYSICS'.

billace - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 2:20 PM

prof-x gets it. Vale had tires that were flown in to fine tune his setup and give him the extra tenths the other riders didn't get throughout his career. He loved Edwards as a team mate becuase he did all Michelin tire testing so they understood the M1. Then the switch to BS and not sharing info with the other side of the garage to keep an advantage over his strong team mate.

They tried to make changes to get the3 Ducati to work for him and even though the Ducati didn't seem to have the pumping troubles or complain of chatter he was never competitive. Now he is back to yamaha and you can bet the tires will be designed around their package. With no contractual advantage over Jorge it will be a straight fight for the first time to see who is the better rider.

rubbish - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 4:39 PM

"Vale had tires that were flown in to fine tune his setup and give him the extra tenths the other riders didn't get throughout his career."

Complete and utter lie. All the top Michelin riders got these "overnight" tires, including Biaggi and Gibernau, so stop tying to justify your Rossi hate by telling untruths!

billace - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 4:53 PM

So Biaggi a guy that his own team didn't even want and Gibbers ona sat team were given equal treatment to Rossi? Even if that were true don't you think having Rossi's team mate do all of the tire testing for Michelin (without getting the benefits on Sunday of course) gave Vale an advantage over all others?

The deck used to be stacked in his favor as it should have been. To the victor goes the spoils. When the tide was changing and he was no longer the victor worthy of all the spoils he gave the "him or me" line to Yamaha. The rest is history, they picked Jorge, vale went to the only factory ride he could get and the spoils (advantages) are all gone. This season will be the first where he is on truly equal footing with a worthy adversary (means they are both great riders). Lets see how it turns out...


January 12, 2013 5:00 PM

The new bike, with any luck, will include some updates gleaned from Rossi, JB, and Nicky's input. I suggest that it is too soon to factor in Audi's influence. If they offer any improvement in front end feel then Dovi will develop it further. It didn't take him long to mould his Tech 3 to his liking. Those who question Dovi's achievements with Hondas should ask themselves how often a number 3 in a team manages to shine.

The Ducati is needed up at the sharp end and if Dovi manages it I'll be doubley happy.

skid - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 6:18 PM

Great news!i love ducati and have been looking forward to the unveiling of the new bike n team,its a new beginning after the yellow disappointment, good luck to dovi,nicky,andrea and ben, forza ducati!

rubbish - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 6:42 PM
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EDIT by CRASH.NET! Poster attack removed.

I'd love Ducati to do well in 2013 (forget Rossi for a second if you can billace). Pre and Post-Stoner, Ducati need a direction. Rossi and JB didn't help, let's see what Audi brings, cos if Rossi and JB didn't get results, changes are needed at every level.

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