MotoGP » Ducati tests chassis components on 'lab' bike

"Several new components on the chassis side of the 'laboratory' bike were tested successfully and everything went according to expectations"

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rod99 - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 9:55 AM

“During the three days, several new components on the chassis side of the 'laboratory' bike were tested successfully and everything went according to expectations,” said a Ducati statement.

Can't help thinking that their expectations now are alot different to 2007 and alot different to what all bike fans have, we'll see though. Be nice if they are suddenly competetive but I just don't see that coming without drastic changes.

Johnny - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 11:38 AM

They had a 40 year old guy doing the test riding. Holy cow how stupid are they. He couldn't lap within 4 seconds of the top of the grid, so the bike never touched its capability and therefore they never found out if the upgrades were the right direction. This is a very bad management problem. They need fresh faces with different ideas. I hope Audi makes the necessary changes because it was literally embarrassing watching that last test at sepang. Poor dovi must be crying into his pillow


February 18, 2013 12:54 PM

I cant really understand them bringing Andrea to test new parts when they have Hayden who has the most understanding of the bike,I dont think Dovi is too worried he got a big paycheck to ride Ducati and after all these guys do it for a living not for Fun...Crutchlow was ready to jump to Ducati as well before they pulled there offer back.
Its all about the Money!!!

UserAbuser - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 1:34 PM

Ducati need to scrap the 90 degree 'L' twin config of the engine.
It's so outdated and old fashioned now.
Bring the angle in closer to 75 degrees and they should see the improvements in handling.
And get rid of Hayden whilst their at it!!

Bring Back Troy for Testing - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 2:05 PM

In regards to the 40 year old testing, I say that is fine, so long as it is Troy Bayliss. Let him have a few wildcards in payment for testing. If nothing else, the bike would be pushed to its limits both on and off the track!

My thoughts on fans watching this year, take it slow. Expect Ducati to catch up about 0.7 per lap by the end of the first half of the season, then by the end, they should catch another 0.2 - 0.4 seconds per lap. They still won't be "there", but they will be closer, and showing progress.

On the bright side, with 4 "equal" Ducatis running about, this may be the best position fighting all race after the first 3 laps.

: - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 3:51 PM
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Ducati are using Iannone rather than Hayden for the test in the desperate hope he suddenly gels with the bike as he's not ridden decent handling Japanese motogp racers. In other words, they are simply hoping to strike lucky and find another Stoner instead of turning the bike into something most riders can get on with, They won't change their precious L but 'updates' such as moving the ECU (to a position where heat and/or vibration break it), isn't going to sort out their endemic front end handling problems.

Md Zane - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 6:55 PM

Iannone is testing because the rookie rule allows him,Marquez has had his extra days earlier.Hayden could try the old lie that he's testing next years bike but i'm not sure the authorities are gonna buy that one again.

Got to hope Ducati left Andrea to get familiarized to the bike and didn't throw to many new parts at him,I'm thinking the presumed 2 seconds that Ducati are adrift maybe only 1 second when Andrea gets used how the bike handles.

I got to put my money on this man because the other 3 riders have been there had the factory kit and are now on the slide to retirement at the Happy Valley WSB rest home.

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