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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February 08, 2013 10:55 PM

IMHO they should send everyone riding the Ducati. Gather as much info as possible and put in as much track time as possible. They need every little bit they can get. They have the biggest and richest sponsor in motorcycling (Marlboro).


February 08, 2013 11:20 PM

@Ash if the system is doing didly squat surely the Ducati "system" should work at every circuit. Why the endless analysis, it is obvious that Ducati are the problem not the riders and maybe Audi are biding their time and over the season a new bike will emerge. As for Ducatisti, yeah Rossi was obviously the problem hence after two years off a Yam he places third .1 behind his team mate. Take off the blinkers, Hayden has been the most outspoken he has every been and Dovi looks like he is about to cry...


February 08, 2013 11:27 PM

Also can someone confirm, they did not change the engine at all even when going to a cradle frame. The reason I ask is the engine and casings were designed to be stressed members and thus extremely heavy comparative to an engine that is not. Given that they have not remotely redesigned the engine once the cradle frame came along woudl seem to:
a)mean they have missed th opportunity to reduce the weight of the engine and may correct the bikes balance
b)mean that developing the aluminimum cradle has been a waste of time if you don't redesign the engine away from a stressed member design.


February 09, 2013 12:21 AM
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After 2007 Ducati went in completely the wrong direction with their frame making it too stiff. This resulted in the front end letting go without any warning. Instead of changing the frame they tried different forks and swingarms. Rossi knew the main issue was the frame but they still didn't get that sorted and spent too much time trying new swingarms etc.

Until Ducati take a step back and redevleop the bike based on the 2007 frame they won't do any good.

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