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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March 27, 2013 5:36 PM

@ Samas

I learned early in life to deal with what is measurable, not what isn't . :) I have some "hope" that Ducati will get the job done and be able to fight for a podium position on a regular basis (and be rideable by ALL TYPES of riders, not just ONE), but I don't really have any "faith" that it'll happen any time soon. Precedent doesn't bode in Ducati's favor, and their lack of efficacy is the problem. Dovi rides similar to Rossi and Lorenzo. I just don't see his input making a huge difference if I'm to be completely honest. I'd love to be proven wrong, but it won't happen this year.

Good stuff - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 10:40 PM

Great to see Ducati up there again. Been a terrible two years with Rossi. What an expensive disaster he was. Trundling around the back, crashing, constantly whining, and developing it into a joke. Ducati must be delighted he's gone.

Good stuff - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 5:07 AM


No sarcasm there. Facts. Rossi took $30 Mill and a winning bike off Ducati and proceeded to crash, get lapped, and even beaten by CRT's. All the while whining about how the bike's no good.


March 28, 2013 1:02 PM

@ good stuff...."No sarcasm there. Facts."

I, too, thought you were being sarcastic. Maybe you were trolling?
You know as well as the rest of us that wasn't a winning bike, just ask Nicky.
Stoner was well used to that bike and went 13 races without a win that year, no scored twice in the last 4 races, and couldn't wait to get off it and join Honda. If you insist that the Ducati was a winning bike then compare Casey's performance that year with his performance the following year.

Rossi didn't whine any more than any other rider who jumped on a Ducati.


March 28, 2013 1:08 PM

As a Dovi (and Ducati fan) I'm heartened by his performance but I suspect it won't transfer to the races. Ciabatti has said that there will be nothing new to test until July!! They are merely running through stuff that Rossi and Nicky didn't have chance to test last year.

Dovi knows what he is doing and he'll probably finish ahead of the other Ducatis most races, but that only means 7th or worse.

Roll on July.

junka - Unregistered

March 29, 2013 12:49 PM

Actually Casey's riding style didn't suit the bike in his first year at all and, then as everyone knows, he did what Rossi couldn't do... Stoner developed the bike and not to rub salt into the wounds... won the Championship.
I do think it is hillarious how the Rossi fans call Stoner the quitter... when it was Rossi who stole the cash from Ducati and quit!
Dani to win this year...

ryan - Unregistered

March 29, 2013 7:51 PM

The problem with putting anything more than a general idea into preseason lap times is you really have no idea who's showing their hand. Some run on qualifying tires and others purely on race tires, that in itself is worth .5 sec at least. I'm just saying you shouldn't put too much stock in preseason stuff.


March 29, 2013 8:43 PM

@ junka

MEETING the OBLIGATIONS of your contract and deciding NOT TO RENEW are not components of the definition of quitting. Rossi isn't a 20-something whipper snapper new to the game of GP. He's an early 30-something multiple world champ who knew that his time in GP is limited to just a few more years. Deciding not to continue on an ailing bike (with shoddy developmental probability) and ENJOYING his last few years in GP riding a competitive bike was the proper decision. Any smart rider/racer/driver would have done the same thing (a'la Stoner...he knew he wanted out, and decided to go out on a good bike).

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