MotoGP » Rookie Iannone top Ducati on final day

"I am very happy with this test because I'm fast" - Andrea Iannone.

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March 26, 2013 7:33 PM
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@ The Bad Guy

Okay....let's revisit this mid-season. We'll see how much "progress" the Ducati has made. The Ducati has always been 1.5 - 2+ seconds off the pace. That isn't real progress, and it is HIGHLY unlikely that they will be what most would deem "competitive" by mid-season. It's funny that you specified the past 2 years when the Ducati has been on the off-beaten path for at least 5. Funny stuff!

bjr - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 10:01 PM

I think instead of building a bike to win races, they built a bike they could use for marketing purposes and tried to force their riders win races with it.
They came into MotoGP with WSBK experience and fielded a reasonably competitive machine. 10+ years later they're further behind. That can only happen when you stop looking at what others are doing and stubbornly waste resources on a concept that isn't working.
It's unfortunate that when Melandri joined Ducati in 08 that they sent him to the shrink, rather than realise Casey was riding the wheels off it......

gremlin - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 11:07 PM

Indeed, good to see Iannone doing well.
As for improvements, as long as the front-end/cornering issue is not fixed, i can't see any real improvement coming apart from the odd 0.2-0.4s = "small step forward etc.".. As soon as they find the root of the problem and fix it, they're going to be at least 1s faster and a real threat to the Hondas and Yamahas. The only other option is to adapt to the bike and push over the limit like Casey.

some1 - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 12:14 AM

Ducati not improving but most of Ducati rider seem pushing beyond the limit of their comfort zone. It just need one of the rider to unveil the secret how to ride Ducati really fast like Stoner did and that is a good sign.


March 27, 2013 6:12 AM

I believe the Ducati is oimproving SLIGHTLY!

BUT, I believe the riders are trying harder...

Someone else stated Crazy Joe will be the guy to watch, I agree, BUT DON'T COUNT OUT DOVI, the guy is brilliant and so precise. Such an underrated rider.


March 27, 2013 2:00 PM

So happy seeing so many positive posts.
Keep the faith guys I got a gut feeling Andrea's going to be the man.
Give him a bit of time to settle in.
I hope also to see Pirro in MotoGP soon but in the meantime at least we all know he's a great test rider.

lad - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 4:04 PM

Put the man on M1 or any of those Hondas and he'll show you what's talent. Back in Moto2 he didn't have the right machinery. I just hope he doesn't get Melandri syndrome.

lad - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 4:27 PM

The Ducati's problem is mainly the engine/chassis configuration. They have not made major improvement since 2007 while Honda and Yamaha have dramatically improved. on top of that they suffer badly from tyres.

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