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Will Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies or Andrea Iannone achieve something Valentino Rossi could not - win a MotoGP race for Ducati?

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rolling stoner - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 8:15 AM

I really think Spies could be a suprise, if he just takes the Ducati by the horns and go back to his old riding style (elbows and all) he could do the business. If anyone seen how he rode the R1 in WSB and the GSXR in AMA people will know what I mean.


January 19, 2013 9:12 AM

People keep on saying bring Stoner back and he would win on the Ducati. Why?
The last time he rode the bike he had 3 wins and 5 no-scores. Since then the competition has moved on.
Remember too that Casey couldn't wait to get off the Ducati and since then he has retired because he doesn't enjoy riding in MotoGPs any longer.


January 19, 2013 9:15 AM

People still don't get it. You could put ANY current rider on the Ducati right now & still lose to a Factory HRC or Yam - even JL & DP.

The issue is that the RULES make it virtually impossible for any Mfr to GET competitive with HRC & Yam so their pilots have the chance to compete - even with a massive budget.
Can't use different tyres to solve issues, & can't have the testing time to try to improve the bike. Catch 22.

Why do you think BMW have no interest in MotoGP, and Suzuki (IMO) are unlikely to make a full Mfr return? Its because they KNOW they haven't a fair chance to compete, so their products will just look inferior while they spend a packet for the privilege.

As long as the Rules strangle racing competition instead of enhancing it (which is NOT in the interests of HRC & Yam so they'll block it), then NOTHING much will change in MotoGP. Fans should be up in arms about this instead of the little things IMO.


January 19, 2013 10:19 AM

In line with my above comment that the RULES prevent anyone competing with HRC & Yam....

I can't see Audi sticking around in MotoGP if the rules continue to favour HRC & Yam like they do now.

Face it, would YOU be happy to actually DAMAGE the reputation of one of your brands, at great cost, and with no chance to compete? Of course not.

It could be that Ducati's MotoGP's programme's biggest threat is also potentially its best weapon? I think Audi are strong enough & will lobby Dorna for RULE CHANGES to allow them a decent chance to compete with Honda. If they don't get them then its only common sense to pull out of a situation where they can only lose.

Dorna need to wake up, or pretty soon MotoGP won't have anyone in MotoGp to help the pretence that MotoGP is nothing more than a HRC / Yam demonstration event.

99 crystal Ball. - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 2:59 PM

People keep on saying bring Stoner back and he would win on the Ducati. Why

Simple.Stoner won races on every version of the bike that Ducati gave him.Regardless of how far the competition moved on,he STILL put the bike on the top step through sheer determination and balls out skill.
I have no doubts at all that he would have won races in 2011 and 12 if he had stayed with Ducati.The evidence was there for people to see.31 race victories for Ducati in Motogp and Stoner got 23 of them.Coincidence?

@ Codger
People keep on saying bring Stoner back and he would win on the Ducati. Why?
The last time he rode the bike he had 3 wins and 5 no-scores.

Mate that's still 3 wins more than all 4 riders managed in the last 2 years...
And that is including 9 times the budget, the 9 times WC VR46 and 80 second guru JB. :)

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