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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ellis - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 8:05 PM

Audi succeed at everything they do, they are not stupid they just want there 4 riders to agrea with what Rossi put to them last year. Build a chassis then build an engine to fit in it , why waste money testing at a track that will cost a fortune when they will be there with the bike they have now, when they can get the data nearer to base . Audi know they need a complete new bike from the ground up , and that won't happen fast.

Kev - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 8:24 PM

As a Ducati fan, I'm saddened to say it, but I think they should pull out of MotoGP.
No question, they have punched well above their weight since coming in during 2003 but as a small factory they will ultimately always struggle to compete against Yamaha & Honda.
The Rossi years have been a disaster ... money & brand image down the toilet.
Focus on getting the WSB effort back where it should be, that having been sadly neglected since Bayliss retired.

Kenfussion - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 9:16 PM

Keep hoping for an 'exciting' race year but it looks like the same 'ole story but possibly worse. Honda vs Yamaha factory guys up front, Honda vs Yamaha satelite guys behind them, Ducati mix next, CRTs and the rest riding around just to fill the grid. Maybe Stoner was right - it's not really looking like a sport but 3 or 4 different classes all in the same race for no apparent reason.

Md Zane - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 9:23 PM

Money saving rule #1 limited testing?

It would have been far better to make all the teams go to Austin blind,ye never know with a little luck a satalite team could of spoiled the party.

The money people who own Audi don't make cars they make money,they aint gonna waste there money on Ducati they'll close the Gp effort down and make money selling the iconic Ducati road bikes.

Suzuki are watching for a rule change from dorna to see if it's possible to enter a team next year,Honda and Yamaha are not gonna give any advantage away.

Enjoy the racing this year people coz next year you may not see a Ducati racing and Suzuki will probably shelve any notion of returning.

: - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 9:36 PM

@ellis Rather than building a chassis and then an engine to put in it, the two need to be designed together as one unit - the best compromise. Some said that in "engineering terms" a 90 degree layout is better than a narrower angle. This is only true if you look at the engine as a separate static unit rather than just one part of a bike. Despite using a Kobas-type frame, Honda and Yamaha have quite different design philosophies but both work with the Bridgestones. Burgess thought that, despite its lack of mass centralisation, the Ducati engine could still be made to work the tyres if raised but that would've required new cases for sprocket alignment and Ducati keep insisting instead on their "little steps" even though Hayden et al are openly stating now that what they desperately need is BIG ones.

bikenut

February 08, 2013 10:00 PM

I remain cautiously optimistic that Spies or Dovi (well Spies more likely) will man up and pull a rabbit out of the hat so yes hope they get to Austin.

Spies has just the sort of erratic brilliance that could get them a win this year!

rabcati - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 10:03 PM

Probably better for morale if they dont go. Waste hundreds of thousands of dollars just to be 2 seconds off. You never know maybe it will be like Aaragon for them and a Ducati 1-3 is on the cards haha.

benignlyindifferent

February 08, 2013 10:09 PM

Ducati should send one bike only, and share the data with all other factory and private machines, at least providing them some advantage over the CRTs while keeping the gap to the Yamaha and Honda teams as close as possible. The US is a big market and Audi need to demonstrate they are serious about turning the team around.

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