MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Dovizioso raises bar for Ducati

'It was nice to have a good feeling with the bike when I tried to push hard with a new tyre in the last laps' - Andrea Dovizioso

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April 07, 2013 10:33 AM

@ Claes....probably sound reasoning on your part, who knows?

Why didn't you post this when Rossi was top in practice, I wonder.

I am thrilled Dovi put it up there, both for his sake and Ducati's. I'm not excited yet though. The Ducati gave Nicky a bad time, it didn't do Iannone too well, and threw Spies up the road. Still work to do yet methinks.
In terms of whether Dovi's position is down to Rossi/JBs input, we don't know. What we do know is that Gobby has told them all to work through last years stuff.

Herowassenna - Unregistered

April 07, 2013 10:42 AM

Some interesting views throughout.
Dovi has had "a" great lap round here, nice, but if he's this demon we are meant to believe, where was he at Honda. C'mon guys, he's a quality rider but he's won "a" race.
Are we to believe Audi, which owns Ducati haven't made changes simply because the article says so? They may have changed anything but the electronics who knows? But the best change they made over the winter was getting rid of an arrogant engineer, Preziosi.

Whether you are Rossi or Stoner fan, neither was listened to by this man.


April 07, 2013 10:56 AM

Rossi made a total goose of himself in his time at Ducati. Dovi just cemented that reality. Nicky and his crew are making themselves look very bad as well. If Dovi can put that bike 4 tenths off pole, there's no doubt in my mind that Stoner on the Duke could have poled or gotten very close - on the bike Rossi was regularly over a second off the pace on.

Elton - Unregistered

April 07, 2013 11:19 AM

Seeing where Dovizioso has qualified in his first race, ahead of a factory Yamaha and Factory Honda and so close to the leaders, there's not much doubt Stoner would be very close to pole position on that bike, which has apparently had very little in the way of development since last year. Rossi is just another rider who couldn't ride the Duc, Dovizioso looks like he might actually be pretty good!


April 07, 2013 11:19 AM

@ Jimmy Jimmy, You may be right saying Casey could stick it on pole. It's a shame he's gone. He could make the Ducati do things that it, and the laws of physics, didn't want it to do. Unfortunately it didn't reward him, his last 2 years on it he finished 4th in the Championship, which was probably that bikes true level. We don't yet know what this bikes level is. Dovi is capable of finishing the season in 4th, is the bike though?

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