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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Md Zane - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 10:11 PM

I think Rossi planted Capirex into the tyre job to build a tyre that would suit his riding style and help with the front end woes of the Ducati but it just so happend to suit the Yammy,Yammy was fast in pre season Cal proved that and at the start of the season Carmela shafted Honda with the extra 4kg,Yammy certainly had the upper hand at the start but honda came back good

bikenut - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 12:43 AM

@jambop, need to disagree on two comments you have made, firstly you stated Ducati only competitive for one year, surely you mean dominant for one one year? The Ducati has won races in other years so must have been competitive.

You also suggest the Ducati needs more displacement to be competitive, yet the Ducati is regularly one of the fastest bikes through the speed traps, despite having poor corner speed.

Clearly the problem is handling, not power.

Ausrossi

January 14, 2013 2:34 AM

MD mate you have absolutely not evidence to suggest that persevering with the CF frame would have netted any advances they had 2 years with Casey and one with Rossi and under both it got worse and worse as the others wit their Alu frames marched on. Having a frame where the rear and front wheels are not connected via a frame to me always spells disaster As the capacity issue engineering confirms that for a given capacity more cylinders produces more power hence why an four will produce more than a twin and a V12 more than a 6 of the same capacity (all other things being equal). The limit should be set at 1000 and everybody brings their best game. Tradition is for suckers.

Ausrossi

January 14, 2013 2:41 AM

As for Rossi walking away. How many times did Ducati promise parts only to delay by a considerable margin and then there was the debacle at testing where they didn't even have a replacement ECU suspending testing all togehter. Compare this then to Honda who brought multiple frames for Casey and Dani to try early to mid season due to a tyre switch which Dani then used to hand everyone else (inc Casey who can ride around anything) their rsays. Mate I don't know about you but I would have been on to Carmelo also. And it was not just money to my mind it was clear that Ducati felt they new best. If they had really wanted to change then they 5 year since their WC to do it. Also I think the brining in of a German to oversee design says much about Audi's confidence in Duc to right their own boat.

jambop - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 8:15 AM

@jambop, need to disagree on two comments you have made, firstly you stated Ducati only competitive for one year, surely you mean dominant for one one year? The Ducati has won races in other years so must have been competitive
Yes I think I would agree with you there but in the year they did not dominate but won races Stoner was close to killing himself in nearly every race he fell so many times that year hence the time off with illness, he was way over riding the bike IMO. As to the capacity issue not refering to motogp but superbike where they are struggled last year. To be honest WSBK is a shambles re rules. You think watching it that in some way its a level playing field.. its not there are so many add ons for different bikes like the Ducati have a wieght pen last year. But hen they are 200 cc bigger etc. etc. sort it so we know the bikes are in some way equal.

vicripoll - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 8:43 AM

maybe if Stoner had never gone to Ducati in 2007 the whole operation would have been wound up a long time ago, I'm not a Stoner fan but he was or is the only man who could ride the post 990 era Ducati.

TalentFan

January 14, 2013 9:50 AM

If (IF) Ducati have made any progress toward the front, then lets bury the myth that it'll be ANYTHING to do with Rossi. Rossi simply couldn't ride the thing fast enough in the dry to be able to give feedback to the engineers, unlike CS. Ducati's engineers may or may not have listened to CS and clearly didn't come up with improvements that made the bike better, but CS could at least ride it on the limit for his data and feedback to be relevant.
If ANYONE has success on a Ducati in 2013 or in the future, I reckon only a 100% obsessed, card-carrying Fanboy would try to attribute any of it to Rossi. If VR could've brought anything to Ducati, he'd have done so for his own benefit while he was riding it.

No TalentFan - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 10:53 AM

Nobody can ride the Ducati exept Casey Stoner. So??? What's the big deal? They ride a bike and they try to win the championship. End of story. As long as the rider wins the championship, it doesn't matter what bike. A rider could have the best bike on the grid, rider and machine tailor made for each other (like Casey on the Ducati and Honda) and still not win enough championships. Casey the fastest rider, two championships. Rossi the fraud, nine championships. Is there anything else that matters?

Stavros - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 10:54 AM

@Ausrossi

I get so sick of people pretending Ducati weren't listening to Rossi. How many frames did they build in his very first year trying to address his requests? FIVE. How ,any new frame did hey build Stoner the year before when he was having front end issues? ZERO. They gave him some old forks to try, And he went and won races anyway!

vicripoll - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 10:56 AM

I'm a Rossi fan and it does hurt me to say this but if he could have just swallowed his pride and accepted Lorenzo was going to be his teammate and stayed at Yamaha we wouldn't be talking about this Rossi/ Ducati farce.

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