MotoGP » Dovizioso in the dark over Ducati race distance

“Unfortunately we weren't able to do a race simulation in the tests, so tyre wear is a question mark for me” – Andrea Dovizioso.

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lad - Unregistered

April 02, 2013 5:50 PM

Do you have a better path for Ducati? whatever we talk about is nothing but speculations, thoughts.....etc plus a little hatred toward #46.

You, me and them know that Ducati's prime problem is MONEY!!

Don't ask why they can't build a Honda or Yamaha, you should ask do they have the money of Honda and Yamaha?

jambop - Unregistered

April 02, 2013 6:02 PM

I stand by for a flaming ..... but that bike is a F'n nail and Dovi is about to findout in spades. Rossi did not in on that bike for a reason, the reason was he did not want to hurt /kill himself trying. I know there are some on her that think if you get paid a lot of money then dying while doing your job is just one of the hazards of your trade total b.....cks. Riding a motorcycle for a living is no different to driving a bus, you don't endanger yourself or anybody else trying to keep to a schedule. Rossi knew the bike was not a winner without undue risk and very wisely chose not to take the risk. Anybody who cannot see that is deluded. Why do you think that Stoner took a sabatical? He was on the verge of a nervous breakdown because he knew his next off could be his last!

Pizdoff - Unregistered

April 02, 2013 6:05 PM

Lad you were probably at least partly on the right track when you speculated about the Japanese factories experimenting with Carbon Fibre.

But that doesn't account for Ducati's tendency to lock onto ideas they seem to seized on.

Yamaha's not been rolling in money either, so I don't think that's been the key factor you suggest. Lack of any better ideas on Ducati's part might have been.
Or to be fair they may just have really believed they were close to solution. We don't know and probably won't for a few years yet.

But the idea Stoner quit because Rossi was going back to Yamaha?
My suggestion would be stick to the engineering issues, you evidently don't understand people.


April 02, 2013 6:52 PM

Many posters forget (some on purpose) that Ducati offered a shed load of money to Rossi, and his team, to stay. They have also stated publically that they couldn't keep him because they could not guarantee that updates would arrive in a timely fashion.

Rossi and JB showed, (and proved) that Casey was right when he complained about the Ducs handling. The errant front end could not, and cannot, be 'tuned' with the current layout.

I'm a fan of Dovi. He may achieve better results than Rossi by trying harder, but I seriously doubt it. Nicky didn't and HE tried harder.

Roll on July and new updates.
PS.. Please keep the red and black.

wise man - Unregistered

April 02, 2013 7:58 PM

cogers right... Hayden the hardest working guy in motogp spent the last two years going backwards, look at his stats, he finished on the podium more pre Rossi then with...

. and, Lad, tho money is an issue it not the issue..the biggest problem Ducati has is management ego, ever watch to Italians try ordering a coffee in Italy lol omg .... this is truly where I hope Audi can step in... maybe then Nicky, n Dovi can get updates in a timly maner.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 02, 2013 8:11 PM

Hayden went backwards because Ducati were putting too much in to Rossi, and there is no way they would let Hayden outshine their financial blunder.

Hayden deserves a lot from Ducati, even with his current contract renewal, hes don't an admirable job, even showing up Casey when he first came over.

Ducati have gone the right direction by building a platform that is more adaptable, ie, no more carbon fiber, and their new frame which will allow them to move the motor more about, and not look so cutesy.

All they need to do is look hard at Honda and wait for the tires to come Honda's way.

Marc - Unregistered

April 02, 2013 8:12 PM

Agree with those that noted that Rossi left Ducati because they couldn't promise quicker updates and changes. It's obvious that he made the right choice as Ducati made no significant changes other than twisting a few suspension dials which isn't enough when competiting against Honda and Yamaha. Feel sorry for Dovi but at least his bank acct will be happy.

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