MotoGP » Hayden, Spies sample COTA on Panigales

Ducati MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies make debut at Austin circuit - during Panigale Superbike launch.

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Golfnut04 - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 3:20 PM

Ducati 2010 GP Aragon bike looked a lot better on that race and the remainder of the season , should that have been the base for future developement or you guys think it was a fluke?


March 20, 2013 4:00 PM

Colin and Jonathan Green were cruising around on R6's I believe. No harm in learning a thing or two about the circuit on Panigalle's or Go-Moto scooter's,even a bicycle at that rate. What's important is that the Ducati (American) boys will arrive in Austin with some track knowledge under their belts. Smart move by Gobmeier to not waste effort and $$$ going to Austin for the GP test alongside HRC and Yamaha.
Good to see they commited to giving their riders a little track experience prior to the event.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

March 20, 2013 5:26 PM

It would have cost approx $320,000 for Ducati to join the test in Austin,They have no new parts and are not going to beat the Factory Yamaha or Hondas at least until Mugello when the new bike is ready so the money was better spent towards development at this point.
My money is on one of these two riders leading a Factory WSBK effort for Ducati next season.

Guntown - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 5:50 PM

Ya, I can't wait! Track is a 40 minute ride from my house, got some tickets for corner 2, top of the hill after the start - should be a great weekend. From what I can tell from video's, rider reviews, etc. it should be a great weekend....

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