MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Seventh reflects 'reality' says Dovi


'It's true that we had hoped to do better following the exceptional qualifying session, but this is the reality' - Andrea Dovizioso

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Khulo - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 2:02 PM

Can't blame him. The bike is still the same as the end of the year. I kind of knew it wasn't some kind of secret part or setting they found. The reality is that the new qualifying format caught a lot of riders off guard.

Now Ducati has to realize that there's no hope whatsoever in finding any usable parts from the Rossi bin and move on with development in the direction of the present riders. Turn the page.

shamarone

April 08, 2013 2:14 PM

re: "Now Ducati has to realize that there's no hope whatsoever in finding any usable parts from the Rossi bin and move on with development in the direction of the present riders. Turn the page."

not yet, we've gotta collect data from at least a 1/2 dozen or so full race weekends with all 4 contracted riders before dime one gets spent. evaluation mode has only just begun.

jambop - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 2:17 PM

He should think himself lucky he is riding the bike after VR NH and JB have done some work on it. In that race he did nothing that Rossi or Hayden has not done with the bike before. He did one good qualifying lap and started well but went back like he was dragging an anchor. He is going to have to get used to disappointment because that is a good track for Ducati there are tracks where they will not go so well. Its exactly the same as it was for Rossi last season there is something that is just not quite right with that bike if they can fix it the bike could start winning again but they must sort it out before the malaise sets in for Dovi. He is not as good a rider as the other top boys so he needs that bike sorted!

StatDude

April 08, 2013 3:02 PM

This result was to be expected. I feel sorry for Dovi, I like him, he is a good rider, but that bike is rubbish!
..in 07, the first year of the 800cc's when they won, they had a distinct straight line speed and hp advantage over the other teams with their desmodronic valve system.
Honda and Yamaha were still using valve springs!!
From 08 however, Honda and Yamaha started using pneumatic valves and got faster and faster and Ducati's wins got less and less...the rest as they say is history

Just Watch - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 3:38 PM

When former duc rider couldn't fix it in 80 weeks & 20 days its impossible for Dovi to fix it in 80 days & 20 hrs. Just wait what they will do..hopefully they will be competitive next year.

R6Ryder - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 3:43 PM

The result is about what I expected. Lets not forget even on a "top level" machine Dovisioso still wasn't beating Lorenzo and pedrosa or even rossi (when he rode for Honda) so to think he has a shot on a bike that is off the pace is a stretch. I think the bike has a limit of where the feedback is and to go faster one must go beyond that. Maybe stoner was willing to risk it but most riders are not. Including Dovi. Maybe we will get a good 4 way Ducati battle. I think that Ben spies has potential to run with dovi and Nicky and iannone will get there too. Spies doesn't have the fire lit just yet. Maybe if he can get a good lap time he will re-ignite. I've always wanted to see he and NH on equal machines. I think they are close in talent.

jambop - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 4:10 PM

@R6Ryder

Lets not forget even on a "top level" machine Dovisioso still wasn't beating Lorenzo and pedrosa or even rossi (when he rode for Honda) so to think he has a shot on a bike that is off the pace is a stretch.
I smiled when I read or even Rossi the fastest and most consistant of all the afore mentioned. The simple truth is Dovi was on a works Honda for four years and did squat with it. One win in a rain affected race is piss poor on a full blown works honda in four years. He better get used to it because there will be tracks where the Ducati is even less competative than Quatar and Bradl won't stepoff at every track. However I think that the bike is just a little bit more stable than it was when Rossi took it over, something to work at!

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