MotoGP » Will Ducati win in MotoGP 2013?

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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January 20, 2013 10:47 AM

If you want proof of the equipment performance gulf between Ducati & HRC/Yam factory team, then its in front of us every weekend...

Ducati (with a rider pairing both former WC's) run consistently with the Satellite ikes & often beaten by them. Which means...

HRC / Yam are able to provide Satellite bikes which are so well developed that they are able to compete strongly (& with allegedly inferior riders to boot) with Factory Ducati (who's own Satellite bikes were squabbling further back, just in front of CRT's).

Yet.. even though HRC/Yam satellite bikes are so good, HRC & Yam are able to keep a few percent in-hand for their own factory teams' bikes, and streak away from the field.

Without being permitted to test more to improve, then how on Earth are Ducati supposed to get onto a dry race podium, let alone a win? Answer - they can't.

Busa Boy. - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 11:56 AM

No point dwelling on the past guys.Stoner has gone and will not be back,sadly in my opinion.What he managed on the Ducati has gone down in Motogp folklore.But thats gone,Ducati need to move on and try to catch up with the Japanese manufacturers.It is not going to be easy and i wish them all success in the coming season.We need Ducati back at the sharp end.

prof-x - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 3:12 PM


MotoGP died a while ago, watching some great riders and teams struggle because someone had to have the best tires has been depressing.

The more Dorna and the dark side of the force do to keep their grasp on the sport, to keep their winners winning (Marquez/Rossi/Lorenzo/) ... manufactured heroes, the more the sport turns in to dogs droppings. Like watching some guys run over others or run them off the track and not get penalized... How obvious does it need to be???

Monopoly breeds inefficiency breeds stupidity, and the game is so obvious you would need to sniff glue not to see it.

Dr Relliscada

January 20, 2013 4:33 PM

Definitely NOT, as they continue with the "Abomination", the horrendous CBR copy that so ... results gave those last 2years. The only way to win is to make a Ducati, that means Trellis frame, resistant engine and swingarm to the engine case.


January 20, 2013 8:29 PM

Rossi's pace will be the proof of the pudding as to the difference in pace between a Ducati and a Yamaha soon enough. In the (unlikely) event VR is no faster than on the Duke, then the sh!t will really hit the fan. But..
If VR is (let's say) 0.5s on average a lap quicker, then thats a pretty good indicator IMO, as Rossi's ability should be pretty constant. 0.5s-ish improvement over his Ducati performances should put him ahead of the Satellite Yams & Honda's or at least racing with them.
Ok, VR needs to be on average maybe 1s a lap faster to be able to compete with the only other 3 bikes that are as good as his, so 0.5s a lap wouldn't help VR much. But it would settle a few arguments about the Ducati's pace.

Busa Boy. - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 9:37 PM

I only Ducati can sort out the handling issues.I know,it is easier said than done!
But the bike has never been wanting in the speed department.They were quickest through the speed traps several times last season.Its only when they reach a bend that the trouble starts!
Seriously though,i hope they can get it together.We dont want another two years where only a Honda or Yamaha can win.

raafrebel - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 3:10 AM

Everyone here is writing the ducati off! its a new year with a new bike and new riders. we will have to see.
If any of the riders are hungry enough, I dont see why they cant win. after all, over race pace, its usually only 30 seconds behind. I know thats a lot, but, its not a **** heap. the bike is sereusly fast. I wish i could afford one.

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