MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Dovizioso pace a boost for Ducati

'I'm very happy with the position, but I'm especially pleased with the gap to the front' - Andrea Dovizioso

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jambop - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 9:11 AM

I don't want to piss on Dovis fire but he has a slow pace overall. He only managed 2 laps in the 56's nd the other were quite frankly slow mid 57's. Its not about one lap its about having a race pace and mid 57's is gong to be nowhere near good enough to get near the front of the race. I could be wrong but he has to get much faster to worry any of the boys arround him on the time sheets.

jambop - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 9:17 AM

To be fair to Dovi MM does not have a great race pace either he has done a couple of fast laps too. I really wonder if they have what it takes to string consistant fast laps together in the race. The track is in bad shape but last year the race pace was an almost metronomic 1m56 wtha few really fast 1m55's

James Warren

April 06, 2013 10:18 AM

Once again it turns into a Rossi thread...get over it! He's not on Ducati anymore..he's on a Yamaha, he's happy, ducati are happy everyone is happy end of!!

Anyway good to see the Ducatis back on pace again but circumstances have definitely played into their hands today, but if the developments continue and their confidence gets higher and higher then could be regular top 5's by the ned of the season.


Cal would have got destroyed by the Ducati, it takes a certain type of rider to get to grips with that bike and with his aggressive riding style and hard braking into turns he'd have most likely been another casualty of the dreaded desmo! the "2012" Yamaha doesn't seem to be slowing him down any and if his results are consistant i reckon as the season goes on they will gradually get more upgrades to bring them up to speed.


April 06, 2013 10:57 AM

@James Warren.
Thanks mate for the insight. Personally I've always related a Ducati rider to Stoner and thought his riding style was aggressive and because of that he was the most successful Duc rider ever. This is why i thought Cal would have done well. I guess I just figured if Dovi has been unable to do it with a factory Honda, then he's no chance with a factory Ducati. Remember Stoner got on the Duc for his 1st ever time and took 10 race wins plus the championship. I have a feeling Cal would have given it as good. And if not, then i feel he would have given it more than Dovi.
Anyway, I can't compare one rider to another, they're all different I guess.

motogpfan - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 11:42 AM

@ Seriously.

I live in USA. Do a Google search for eurosport UK live stream. There are quite a few sites that stream for free. I also have Eurosport and Eurosport 2 tv schedule saved. I watched about 4 hrs of motogp yesterday. Gonna watch quali today and British Superbike tomorrow morning. a world clock will also help.
It's gonna be a good race season!

It's too bad that DMG ruined the AMA Series. Jordan Suzuki, Yoshimura, and Graves Yamaha need to leave this lame series and go BSB or WSBK. Hell, go to Canada, there series is better than ours. At least they have more than 12 bikes on the grid! So sad.

herewego - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 12:36 PM

Neil Spalding said that Ducati had only now started to develop certain aspects of the bike that Valentino and probably Casey had complained about! It seems it is Audi that have been the kick up the backside the Ducati hierarchy needed!! Obviously if something had been done earlier Ducati might have done a lot better in the past, but with their head up their own a-ses, they wouldn't accept the fact that their bike was crap! Valentino himself said that Ducati saw any complaints about their bike as insults which is why they refused to do anything about it!! Better late than never, but what a waste of time,money and a lot of effort from Valentino.

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