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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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Grandissimus - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 3:03 PM

I would just like to add that if anyone is doubting Audi's ability to turn this thing around then think again. They have absolutely dominated every form of motorsport they have ever undertaken with few exceptions. People (competitors) breathed a sigh of relief when Audi left World Rally competition. And I am sure they would do the same if Audi pulled out of Endurance racing as well. Point being they are a company that has the engineering might to go toe to toe with the best the Japanese have to offer. Should be interesting to watch!

Agent55

January 18, 2013 3:19 PM

Don't see it happening... in the dry. I do see people saying 'not without Stoner' tho, really?! He couldn't topple his chief rivals last season while riding the phenomenal RCV, how could he defeat them on the shoddy GP13?

Damien IE - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 4:02 PM

@ Grandissimus
totally agree, Audit didn't buy a niche bike brand on the roads and not mind that brand's premier motogp bike be uncompetetive. Racing is in their DNA.
Audi has the engineering capacity to turn the MotoGP bike around and hopefully sooner rather than later.

Not all about chassis affecting set up and the engine has to come in for criticism also as BIG power doesn't always help and go back to NSR500's when they were producing over 190bhp. More recently look at the Illmor X3 and it had F1 tech and big power but translating that into something being rideable and manageable is a hard thing. Electronics can mask and hide stuff (just look at Senna DVD and Williams F1 with active suspension, dominated and year after banned Senna couldn't drive it) and smooth over the bumps. Audi just has to find those bumps now and smooth em over, or at leats be allowed to by Ducait without politics getting involved. End result is common to them all and a competetive motogp bike

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 4:32 PM

It will be a tough call for Ducati to match the Japanese bikes in a dry race that is pretty much unanimous opinion.But a wet race may see Dovi in with a shout.But i think even then he may need a little luck in the form of front runners crashing out.I really hope Ducati can come out of the wilderness over the coming season or two and get back to winning ways as they deserve.
Otherwise they are just going to have to go knocking on Mr.Stoners door with a cap in one hand and a suitcase full of money in the other!

GP - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 4:33 PM

Maybe in the rain...in the dry? Not a chance in hell...and I say that because of who will be in front. Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Marquez, and Rossi...I don't see Ducati finding a way to beat them. Dovi is their best chance for a win and perhaps Spies for a 3rd at best. Issue is that Honda and Yamaha are worlds better in terms of bike performance.

73MACH3

January 18, 2013 4:59 PM

now codger i think if they brought back yvone duhamel from the 70's he could ride that duc! or crash it he did that in the kawasaki's a lot too! it was great to watch him, nixon and roberts tear it up in the 70's

Dr.Who - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 5:02 PM

@CRT

Hmm, how many podiums did Nicky got since he joined Ducati?
And they didn't complain? Hmm, weird then that they both wanted a conventional frame instead of that CF frame.
And your opinion is depending all from what Nicky Hayden says? Stoner left because they didn't want to change the bike to get rid of the front end feel. Did you see the crashes of Rossi or Hayden 9 out of 10 front end problems. I like arguing with you, but the results aren't in the favor of NH.
I'm not even mentioning all of the riders who paid the price riding on that Ducati.

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