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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billace - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 8:27 PM

I agree 100% with Realist because there will be 4 riders that consistently lock out the top spots. It won't have anything to do with Ducati other than the fact that they do not employ one of those riders.

Md Zane - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 9:09 PM

I wonder whos directions out of the 4 riders Ducati are gonna follow,Nicky seems to be the obviouse choice but!!!

Fingers crossed for Ducati to step it up a couple of tenths and find some consistency.

billace - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 9:41 PM

OF course I think Rossi will be in the top 4. Marquez is the wildcard. The question is can he or Rossi prevent it from being the Jorge and Dani show at the front? Rossi will have to push harder than ever all race long and Marquez will have to keep the bike on two wheels while pushing hard all race long.

I expect Jorge to work even harder this off season and elevate the pace again...

Pizdoff - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 10:11 PM

'Kick start' HA! .... many a true word spoken in jest (even if it was meant as the usual hyperbole).

Ducati put a better machine on the track than anyone else when the 800s came in. BUT they haven't managed to update it anything like swiftly or successfully enough since.

Its now badly outdated and outclassed.

Audi have a good rep but you can't polish a 7urd.
And for sure they can't polish one overnight.
The best they can hope for this season is
(a) To get to understand the problem and to start to map the solution.
(b) Hope it pi55es down occasionally when Hayden's on form - cos it won't be their nubies that haul points for 'em.

If they bust a gut they may begin to show progress very late in the season. But its a business.
They're more likely to focus their main efforts on trying to sort the problems with the Panigale.


January 12, 2013 10:11 PM

This conjecture on next years pecking order only makes the anticipation for those first few races even greater! I would love to be proved wrong but I can't see Dovi on the ducati providing any surprises however, think we will have to leave that up to MM.

Rosto - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 11:08 PM

benignlyindifferent your right on the money.Ducati's biggest problem was they didn't listen their riders,(ie vale) but now with the management changes your going to see a four pronged attack.Audi are here to win, its a shame that they didn't take over sooner so rossi could have stayed.

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