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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January 13, 2013 1:49 AM

In the early 50s NSU dropped into the 125 and 250 classes for a couple of years and won 4 WCs proved their point and dropped out again, in the 50s they were the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world prior to moving into car manufacturing always forward thinkers they went with the rotary engine which was their downfall. They were bought out by VW who formed another company made up of other failed companies Auto Union DKW another bike company and a few others changed their name to Audi and the rest is history anyone thinking these guys can't cut the mustard are in for a big surprise.

appolo - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 2:12 AM

Ducati will always grateful to the demigod RossI for his descending from heaven to grace the Desmosedici. His casting aside of his divinity to battle out with villains Stoner and Lorenzo is a sacrifice that cannot be equaled. Although armed only with the weak Desmosedici, he fought it out valiantly, bringing Ducati into the elite level where the adversaries are the mighty Honda and Yamaha. He laid the groundwork and foundation for the future direction of Ducati, and all future successes must be ascribed to him alone.

Md Zane - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 6:37 AM

Is Audi remotley intrested in GP racing?

Ducati a small company come into GP racing with the advantage of the Desmo valve system a powerfull motor that could win races under the right conditions,in 2007 with the Desmo valves and the brilliance of Casey they took the championship,Honda and Yamaha realised that they needed to up the anti in the speed stakes and produced Pneumatic valve engines,the advantage of Ducati had gone and only the Brilliance of Stoner kept them winning races but no championships.I think Audi/Ducati will stick around for a couple of years then pull there backing out of racing.


January 13, 2013 9:11 AM

Marquez has been instructed to take it easy and not to try too soon to impress. If he listens he'll be aiming for top 6 finishes. If, as is more likely, he doesn't listen then he'll be a 'win or crash' merchant. Stoner and DePuniet never grew out of that mindset, I think MM will.
Nicky will plod on in his usual style and get nowhere.
Spies may surprise us.
Dovi will start slowly and finish top Ducati. Whether that is 8th or higher remains to be seen.

The other rider....who knows?


January 13, 2013 10:00 AM

@M D Zane
I dont know if you had any dealings with German Companys I have had quite a lot,and you are spot on they will throw everything at it for 2 or 3 yrs and after that if they are still mid pack they will pull the plug and be gone.

ron - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 10:19 AM

Now that rossi and Burgess are out of the way I can see Ducati doing well.
rossi did nothing but harm with all his winging and useless riding so good luck to Ducati and good riddance to rossi

positive future - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 3:55 PM

it can also be argued that only rossi had the necessary prowess in the sport to change the direction of development at ducati which may be the most beneficial thing long term for them. i think theres been a closed mindset in management that needed to be broken because it wasnt willing to bend far enough, soon enough . i think the climates now very positive for ducati. the reticence to commit to new principle has been removed and they have forthcoming investment aplenty and can forfull the concepts through the upgrades that never came,burgess and rossi was telling them to do.. think what you want but 2010 was a tug of war between designer and rider all the alloy addons were prezi trying to validate his stressed member concept 2011 was upgrades were budget imparement due to accounts audits and ballance sheet takeovers.. what rossi started will be beneficial for ducati now audi can fully impliment direction..

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