MotoGP » Nicky Hayden: Ducati need something big


'We found a couple little things over the course of the test... but I think we need something big' - Nicky Hayden

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Ammar - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 1:27 AM

Hayden's full interview includes this part (taken from Gpone)

"We tried to be optimistic, but that's not enough. At the very least we gathered some good data, and now we have plenty of work waiting for us. But I don't think we will have any particular new parts for the next test, also because it's only two weeks away. We need help from the factory, because just making setup changes isn't enough. The staff doesn't have a lot of time, though, and some of them only got started in January. They need to test things before they get to us."


stuff like 'evolution, not revolution' and 'retesting Rossi's rejected parts' may sound like the right thing to do....but when you are in such deep sh*t, you need big changes....and thats something ducati never managed which is why rossi left.....

remind me again when was the new engine supposed to debut last year ??? drivability is such an old prob but its still not solved....

the only thing ducati have to test later this month at sepang is a ne

Ammar - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 1:29 AM

....is a new front fork....

dovi's soon gonna realise how bad the situation is..

the feeling when races come and go and you need to keep explaining the same reason again and agin why you werent fast enough......and then they expect you to be optimistic

Painless

February 08, 2013 1:31 AM

2010 Sepang Test
Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro 2'00.703
2013 Sepang Test
Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP13) 2m 2.184s

I don't get it. Is the whole world stupid. Can't see the forest for the trees? The facts are just too obvious? First trace back to the point that the bike started to lose performance. Then everything after that point goes in the bin. Especially Rossi's aluminium frame.

Painless

February 08, 2013 1:38 AM

“Sepang has never been a particularly good track for Ducati: we raced here in October, and the bike hasn't changed much since then."
Really? Au contraire, Nicky.
2010 Sepang Test
1. Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha 2'00.271
2. Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro 2'00.512
3. Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro 2'00.703
It has changed a lot since 2010 though hasn't it? Just in the wrong direction.

Laia - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 1:56 AM

hmmm..something big...a road rollar???no...I wonder what that is...SOMETHING BIG..my a@#..that duc is going nowhere...9 and 10 not bad...Even the great Rossi cannot ride this bike and neither did Stoner after 2007..he risk his life every race..Rossi was not willing to do that so he settled for the max he could get and that is 5 or 6 and ocasionally a podium..
No wonder Stoner is so afraid of racing after riding that Ducati...
Motogp need ducati to do well but it is just not happening...
Any good suggestions from anyone???????Plizz..they need it badly here...

jfc1 - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 3:32 AM

"Hayden wasn't doing that bad when Stoner was in. "

duh Hayden's best result in 4 years racing for Ducati? Third.

He had one third each of the previous 3 years.
That CF bike killed his career :)

jfc1 - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 3:39 AM

"My prediction is Ducati will pull out of MotoGP in 2 seasons if the playing field isn't levelled to give them a fair chance. "

What are you babbling about...Ducati is a 2nd-tier mfg...Dorna is more likely to give their spots on the grid to a CRT bike. Ducati has a simple choice, either develop a competitive prototype bike or just go the CRT route with the Panigale. And the latter is going to become more and more attractive as Dorna tilts MotoGP away from the factory prototypes.

Notice that BMW pulled back on *their* racing commitments and developed the HP4 which is ready to be plugged into the grid in many series. No reason at all why Ducati shouldn't do the same thing. Unless they are stubbornly going to push CF frames.

the thing is that Ducati could knock one or two digits off their MotoGP budget and still race MotoGP in a respectable manner by running CRTs based on WSBK

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