MotoGP » Hayden expects 'more focus' after Rossi departure

'We don't have a 'new bike' as such, it hasn't changed a lot from last year, but we're taking small steps' - Nicky Hayden

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January 15, 2013 2:54 PM

I suppose it is possible now with Audi and changes in the race team the Ducati will prove to be a usable tool but with the rider lineup one can't expect miracles as none have proven to be winners except Innonne and that on a docile Moto2 bike.

SAM - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 2:55 PM

As I wrote before but it was taken down.

Nicky, Dovi, Ben and Iannone will be good to watch who comes out as Top Ducati, but they won't be anywhere near the podium. Unless of course Marquez has one of his brain fading moments and takes out the top 3..

Rayborn - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 3:16 PM

Remember Audi bought Ducati to get control of it's growing civilian bike business not just to win Moto GP.

The economy might be bad but Ducati had it's best year in motorcycle sales and their presence in Asia is growing.

But Audi doesn't want to be tied to a losing Moto GP program so they will either start winning or no doubt they will shut it down.

Problem is this next year they wont have a DucAudi bike just a modified old Ducati.

good luck nh69. - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 3:17 PM

They might get a podium on the wet. It looks like it's going to take a few years for the Desmo to become competitive. I imagine Ducati results in 2013 will be very close to last year's. The only interest will be in seeing how Dovi does on the bike, although I'd imagine his peformance will be closer to Hayden/Rossi than to Stoner, so nothing too exciting.

mike - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 3:26 PM

No new bike. Nuff said. Waiting for 2014 perhaps...... Shame ( like in 2012 ) that the Duc will injure all 4 riders next year. Oh wait, it didn't injure the 'slow has-been' did it?! Even though he didn't push, and seemed to give up mid-season, he still finished as top Duc :-) To finish first ( out of the Duc's ) first/all you've gotta do is finish!!!

Why does anyone expect a new bike? Ducati brought in the 2013 bike late last season as did Honda so it's right not to expect a new bike. Maybe now they can persevere and actually improve the bike rather than the Rossi way ,which seemed to be if it didn't work immeadiately after his and Burgess' demands were met, then they needed another all new one.

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