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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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pukka - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 8:38 PM

Ducati has a greater chance this yr of winning than last yr. 1. Stoner has retired. 2. Rossi has left. 3. Ducati has moved out key members of the past failure but not too far away. 4. Audi has entered and brought in success and money with them. 5. Spies has entered with a chip on his shoulder.

Rossi leaving is a plus. While they lose an incredible talent they also lose the media circus and a rider who Burgess admitted may not be the best person to be developing a radical new package at this stage in his career. Rossi certainly isn't as hungry as the others are. This will allow Audi and Ducati to push more, try more and develop more. Certainly more easily than the constant Rossi circus they endured for the last few yrs. Ducati is racing, they will win again.

prof-x - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 7:56 AM

Just because a bike has issues getting heat or too much heat in to its tires doesnt mean it has problems with handling. The people promoting the handling myth are the same ones promoting Yamaha as the best handling bike. Its bull ****.

At least the commentators were not spouting out the mouth how bad Vale is on Bridgestones, how he cant get them to work, lol. My god the commentary is so horrible for motogp. At least in F1 the guys in the booth have some experience actually being part of the sport. PLEASE BRING BACK RANDY MAMOLA EUROSPORTS, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.

Marc - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 5:53 PM

A win would only be probable if it's a wet race or a race that all the top Yam and Honda riders crash out or don't race. The same for other podium. While I hope for the sake of the series that they're competitive I just don't think it's highly probable. But that said, I do believe they'll continue to move in the right direction and as long as they become more competitive as the season continues then it would or should be considered an improvement.

Marc - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 5:53 PM

A win would only be probable if it's a wet race or a race that all the top Yam and Honda riders crash out or don't race. The same for other podium. While I hope for the sake of the series that they're competitive I just don't think it's highly probable. But that said, I do believe they'll continue to move in the right direction and as long as they become more competitive as the season continues then it would or should be considered an improvement.

Marc - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 6:04 PM

Dr Relli... how can you make that statement. If trellis was the way to go why didn't they stick with it after '07? And after Rossi showed them in '11 that the monocoque frame wasn't the way then why didn't they go back to trellis? Also, why did they move away from it in WSB? It's probably because the Trellis frame were unable to keep up with the demands of the newer engines and frame demands of that power. But for Duc historic consistency it would have been nice if they stuck with it.

Codger

January 23, 2013 6:46 PM

Gobby has said that when he joined Ducati he saw "tonnes" of upgrades, supplied at Rossi & JBs request. They had never been on the bike, they never had time or opportunity to test them. If Dovi and Nicky work through them this year there just might be progress. Gobby, himself, said that he is hoping for a podium in the 2nd half of the season.

TalentFan

January 23, 2013 7:06 PM

@ Codger Gobby also implied that Rossi would go out and do 1 warm up lap, then one fast lap and then discard a new part he did test! No change of set-up to do some evaluation, one try then chuck it in the skip!

Add to this the testing restrictions this suggests that (as Nicky & Gobby imply) that Ducati's 'development' was more akin to a disorganised shambles - & SOME of the responsibility for that HAS to lie with Burgess & Rossi.

It also reinforces what I've said many times - without being allowed more Testing, then the crucial time needed to evaluate changes means Ducati (or ANY other mfr fool enough to throw his hat in the ring) cannot hope to compete with HRC / Yam. Mission Impossible!

TalentFan

January 23, 2013 7:13 PM

And... I'll say it now. All those saying that Ben Spies or Dovi will get a win and can make the difference.

No - they can't, and IMO, won't. I'd be happy if it were possible, but common sense and the fact they are hamstrung with development (admittedly improved now its shared between 4 riders) suggests not.

I'd guess that, if (IF) they do get competitive, the most likely reason would be that Ducati have already managed to develop some parts that make a breakthrough - and those parts will be ones that VR either rejected, or never tested in the first place (i.e they already had a solution that they didn't know they had).

Right now, all the info says its impossible for a Ducati to challenge HRC / Yam in a dry race.

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