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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jambop - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 5:06 PM

To be brutally honest Ducati has only ever been truely competitive in one season, the year Casey Stoner won the championship. The next season the were under the cosh all season with, after fallen off so many times, Stoner eventually having an em mistery illness which has thankfully now been em diagnosed and forgotten about. And em don't forget about his em dodgy wrist injury which now fine and em been forgotten about. I think they will struggle Hayden has been a poor second to Rossi in the last two seasons. Unless they have changed something dramaticaly on the bike I think that Dovi could be struggling due to the fact that he relies on late braking not corner speed as shown in his dices with Crutchlow this season, Crutchlow had the corner speed but Dovi was great on the brakes. The other two? Well Spies was just plain crap on one of the best bikes in the paddock and Iannone who can say he was good on a detuned WSS bike can he step up to a full blown works 1000? Going to be interesting

porsche996 - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 7:17 PM

The mono frame is the way of the future for motorcycles in terms of design and manufacturing efficiency.
Ducati should stick with this design, and 3 years from now - they will rule the track!!
Ducati has based its road bike future on this frame type and cant go back to alum perimeter now.
Using one in MOTOGP is an insult to their capabilities.

Md Zane - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 8:28 PM

And thats why this fan turned hid back on Rossi in the end,he and Burgess new better and when he got his own way with the alloy frame he lasted maybe 2 races with it he then started talking uncle Carmelo to get a Yamaha ride,Rossi didn't have the balls to see the/his project through.A lot of criticism has been heaped on to Preziosi about his handling of the afair(yellow fans)but if they stuck with what they were doing the bike would be has fast and providing usefull feedback to building road bikes like the Panigale and the next generation of road going Ducatis.
Many riders failed to ride the carbon frame bike but 2 have failed on the alloy framed bike last year and I expect 3 more names to be added to that list this year.

jambop - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 9:12 PM

"and providing usefull feedback to building road bikes like the Panigale "

A bike that has done what exactlly other than cost twice as much as bike that are beating it on track!

jambop - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 9:18 PM

"Ducati has based its road bike future on this frame type and cant go back to alum perimeter now."

No not exactlly they have built this bike to try and win the WSBK championship again. Now if their bid is unsuccessful they may have to scrap the V twin story unless they manage to bend the rules to let in 1400cc V twins race.The main reason the Ducati has been a success on the sales front is purely down to WSBK if they can't win that they will have to think again.

prof-x - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 9:45 PM

dunno, I think Yamaha have the 3rd best bike on the grid, you wouldnt be able to tell the way the tires are made these days though. Would like to see Ducati and Honda protest Dorna about Bridgestone's relationship with Yamaha and Rossi, looks a little to cozy. I have to think the majority of the players know what the circus is all about, but its a real shame for Ducati to have been snubbed in the tire dept for the last 4 years. Cause it seems pretty obvious Yamaha have been getting select treatment. & when they didnt have an advantage, well they got it back ...

George - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 9:49 PM

People will be quick to say its the bike Rossi developed when the riders do badly next season. But the fact is its a bad bike and for the first time in Ducati history there are no aliens riding it.

If Suzuki come back next year Ducati will probably pack it in

Md Zane - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 10:01 PM

All bow down to the 4 cylinder clones,yeh lets ban the cheating twins that dare to be different, or you could maybe try and understand they need 200cc extra to compete has a superbike and that they bring that extra dimension to the racing

prof-x - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 10:05 PM

Suzuki would be stupid to field a full on factory effort, the only way to make money is to go the Aprilia route and pray dorna kick the factory teams out. The mountain climb is to high to build a bike per the tire, to risk having to redesign. Especially given that the series will eventually go to Marquez in an attempt to copy Rossi's success. As long as they keep the engines limited on the CRTs its gonna be a race between the haves and have nots.

I am pretty sure Dorna are hoping Marquez turns in to a golden goose, but I cant see that happening, not with the level of investment and disparity in the field. Its gonna be all to obvious, even to the most mindless of fanboys.

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