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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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alex - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 11:00 PM

this is not the roaring days !! for christ sakes ! wake up ,,if they have any chance its in the rain and i will leave it at that,motogp is not gp racing anymore it is cloked in a blanket of politics,high stakes between yam and honda thats it! the rest is for stupid a -holes who still think this series is all about the the glory!! grand prix motorcycle racing is DEAD ,wake up

TalentFan

January 18, 2013 11:08 PM

Alex.

Well, if its not dead then it's certainly in a coma.

I'd like to see some initiatives to try and resurrect MotoGP and introduce actual racing rtaher than just say lets put it down like a sick dog though, thats all.

Agree also that it seems that the majority of fans seem not to realise this - fans aren't seeing the wood for the trees, which means there's not enough outcry to demand changes that actually encourage competition.

PaypalRonnie - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 11:55 PM

Ducatis best bet isnt on the full factory bike , Dovi , doubtless a great rider , isnt a winner .Id pin my hopes on a flash of lunacy from Ianone ,but I cant imagine Ducati will get in the top 3 very often

samas

January 18, 2013 11:58 PM
Last Edited 540 days ago

After reading all these comments I'd like to rectify a few of your comments with facts.
Audi know nothing about bikes.
Wrong. Audi is made up of several companies one of which was NSU who won 4 WCs in the early fifties and for those who are not old enough the Honda Dream was an NSU Max with two cylinders, indicators and rear view mirrors.
The Japanese are famous or infamous for taking someone else's design and fine tuning it rotary valve rotary engine etc.
When just about everyone says Ducati and none of it's riders have any chance of winning a race I think of Steven Bradbury who won an olympic gold medal for ice skating in 2002. Was he the best I don't think so perhaps 2nd no 3rd no in the top 10 perhaps food for thought.

C'mon audi - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 12:03 AM

Yo audi, u know there aint no shame in hiring stoner as a test rider just 2 c the duc's potentials, b'sides u have admitted dat stoner's d only 1 who can ride the duc (the way it's supposed 2 b ridden 4 sure), unless of course if u r such a penny-pincher :D

CRT - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 12:10 AM

@ Talent,

The tires are absolutely part of the problem.

I'd bet my house to 500 dinar and three llamas that it costs less money to develop a tire to suit a set up then developing a bike around a constantly changing spec tire. This could be done without even baking your Friday night specials.

But of course we cannot have that because an underdog took the world by storm in 2007.

billace - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 12:26 AM

The economy is the problem.

Tire companies are struggling globally. Auto production is still way down, their margins continue to get squeezed and budgets for things like racing support get slashed. If Dorna changed the rules to start a "tire war" there could very well be no one showing up to fight. Lord only knows what backdoor marketing deals are in play to keep the single supplier they have interested.

Dorna wants a show not a race. They ahve Rossi back where they want him and hope they get the chance to play Marquez as the heel to replace Stoner.

They should start running 2 races a weekend, the boring one we have now where there are 2 guys with the skill to leave the rest for dead most days for the "business" and a 2nd race for the fans that reverses the finishing order for the starting grid to make those guys work hard...

Slide Rules! - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 2:20 AM

Every chance they'll get a win!
After the tunnel visioned terror from Cervera wipes out himself and the rest of the front runners, they have a real tilt at a full house!
Don't laugh, it WILL happen.

Sidevalve - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 2:27 AM

I think that even if Ducati did manage to find and rectify the reason for their lack of pace, we wont see them on the rostrum because the riders are not in the league of Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi or Stoner.
Which is a pity as I would like to see Ducati or any of their riders do well.
Maybe if we see it getting regular 4th 5th or 6th places this year it could attract a first class rider 2014

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