MotoGP » Dovi 'surprised' by Ducati times in Spain


'I'm surprised and pleased at the same time, as this helps us to realise that we're not so far from the others when we have a fresh tyre' - Andrea Dovizioso

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Onwards and Upwards - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:36 PM

Time will tell if they've made improvements but is does seem that a certain group of so-called race fans don't want Ducati to improve. For me I'd like to see Ducati back upfront fighting for wins. Evolution rather than revolution is surely the way forward, even if that hasn't been the case in the previous two years.

shyam - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:56 PM

ducati was 2sec down in other dry test, so its pretty simple the dampness helped them to obtain 8tenths closer to leaders, they got the result may be wen track was wet and and rest posted good time towards end.simple.only a dovi factor remains & an inention in 2013.we may see them in gravel or down the order and hayden wont remark anything about duck wich is is still a wonder for me& we may hear from dovi stating tat now nxt what with this machine is so confusin tat i want rain dance always

levelplayingfield - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 9:13 PM

Damp tracks & tyres going off wont make much difference, whichever rider can adapt to riding "the pig" will get the best out of the bike and make it competitive.

Stoner's style suited the bike, Rossi's didn't and that is the difference.

Bip Bip Run - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 10:38 PM

Hear me out....no connection with the track. It is because of the the black front end (which looks danm cool)
This is where they have found 1.2 sec.
If you dont smile at this you should shut your computer down and take the better half to the restaurant right away....

Joeski

March 27, 2013 12:35 AM

Hey all, 8th tenths at this track does not show ANY improvement. It is possible they thought they would be further back so they are happy they are not but this track is not a high speed track and on these tighter tracks lap times are usually way closer for the entire field, including the CRTs. 8 tenths here is just as bad as 1.5 - 2 secs off at Mugello, Sepang or Silverstone... and with Austin being a faster longer track that will be worse as well.
You will see the same issue at Sachenring with times being closer so do not be fooled by the "progress" when they do not have any new parts. However congrats to Iannone for being the fastest!! Not a hater because i want Duc to come up!! but unfortunately.... now is not the time... maybe next year..

Realist

March 27, 2013 1:20 AM
Last Edited 513 days ago

@ Onwards and Upwards

What we "want" and what is "reality" are two very different things. I'm a Ducati fan (and I race a Ducati in the regional twins class), but I'm not under any illusions that the Ducati has progressed significantly in one test, especially when we know that they are using the exact same bike from the 2012 season with some new paint.

Codger

March 27, 2013 1:35 PM

I want Ducati up the front end and I especially want Dovi up the front too.
Unfortunately, according to Ducati guy Ciabatti, all they have to test is stuff that Rossi and Nicky didn't have time to test last year. They don't expect anything major to arrive until July!!!! So much for Audis' input!!!.

samas

March 27, 2013 1:39 PM
Last Edited 513 days ago

@Realist.
Come on mate have a little faith/ hope.
Everyone is sticking the slipper in Ducati a lot because Casey showed what it was capable off and Vale couldn't.
Now I'm not saying they are going to go out there and smoke the field, but as I stated in previous posts I believe that the two Andrea's given a bit of time to settle in one or both of them might just put a smile on this old fellas face.
And they also have a good test rider in Pirro. He's a little ripper.

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 5:22 PM

People have short memories. The Ducati's being 0.8 secs off the best time here in Jerez means sqaut all. This is no prove of any tangible process in the slightest. Last year Hayden was "only" 1 second of pole in similar conditions, and then in the race he ran as high as 3rd six laps into the race again in similar conditions. In the end he still ended up half a minute behind the race winner Stoner. So the Ducati's have't done anything here that they weren't capable of last year. Let them consistenlty be 0.5 from the leaders at all types of tracks and not just the short one's, and then we can start to talking about progress....

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