MotoGP » Hayden: Door not closed on Ducati Austin test

“At the moment it's 'no' but the door is not completely closed” - Nicky Hayden.

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MarkMagnussen - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 6:01 PM

The big boys are just running away from the field at this point. Ducati's inability to have their new ownership put up the $ for testing and more so a new chassis does not bode well for them or GP in general. The addition of suzuki next season will make it even more interesting as it appears they've been puttting in a steady 2 yrs of development on chassis and motor. GP seems to be losing its edge to WSBK tho.GP is Less competitive and more about the $.

prof-x - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 6:12 PM

Its not the motor thats the problem, its forcing people to design around one tire which will eventually lead to all the bikes looking almost the same, squeezing out the people who cant pay to keep adapting their bike until they meet the mystical bridgestone spec. Ducati were more than capable in 2007/8 (Stoner/Elias/Capirossi) and the way they mounted their motor didnt change much, just the way it was mounted and integrated. The tires changed a lot though, and that there in lies the problem. From almost able to win a championship to having a bike with no front end.

If Bridgestone can build a tire that only works for Yamaha in 2012, they should be good enough to build a tire that only works for Ducati in 2013, picking winners and losers is what Bridgestone is doing, the racing is going on behind the scenes, and NOBODY is talking about it.

If Dorna were really interested in saving money, they would get rid of the electronics and the control tire, but its not about saving money, its a

prof-x - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 6:16 PM

... about the show and whose on top.

Electronics are the difference between the satellite bikes and factory bikes, whose got the money to develop the electronics from a configuration stand point which adds disparity and takes the onus away from the riders and widen's the disparity between riders who might be much closer based on their respective talents.

The control tire forces teams who do not have a bike that conforms to completely change their philosophy and bike to fit the tires (expensive.) Also in MotoGP the control tire HAS ALWAYS SUITED THE YAMAHA, from 2009 when Jorge/Rossi were so consistent, to 2012 when Jorge was again, so consistent (its called setup folks, and having tires that work real good)

Questionable Tactics - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 6:48 PM

Let me get this straight.? You say you need to test to figure out which direction to go in the future. You are not happy with the results. You want to exhaust testing directions thoroughly. If you're serious, I'd think you would want to get through the testing program ASAP. There is no better testing than against your rivals. It is the measuring stick. You are already 1.5 to 2 seconds behind the leaders at tracks you've been to and have data on. Not going to Austin means your riders will start at an even BIGGER disadvantage. This track may show different things needing attention compared to other tracks. In addition, please save your riders and team the indignity of potentially finishing a lap down on a dry track by letting them acquaint themselves to a new track and find a base set-up.

Bazx7r - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 7:17 PM

If I were Ducati, not only would I give the Austin test a miss I'd not bother turning up for any of the races either! Take the year out and start again.

The Bad GUy - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 7:18 PM

Ducati dont have the budget to go and test in Austin..What happened to all the money Audi was going to put behind this team to turn it around and make it a contender?
I give Ducati two years and its Bye Bye to MotoGP.


February 08, 2013 7:24 PM

re: "What happened to all the money Audi was going to put behind this team to turn it around and make it a contender?"

exactly, there was never any money. that was just the "free lunch mentality" of the fan-sumers talking. chatter by bike world beggars this.

gorbachov - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 7:59 PM

This season, as so many others is just a competition between factory hondas and yamahas , I am amazed anyone else manages to raise sponsorship ! Most are happy that their idol is back on a top bike , Ducati are great in superbikes why dont they focus their efforts there ??

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