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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drwho - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 4:17 PM

All #46 haters please note. This is the level that Ducati is capable of. Put Lorenzo or Marquez on the same bike and they will have similar results to Dovi.

jarbarian - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 4:21 PM

I see all the love for Dovi but very little for NH. Remember, Dovi was on a FACTORY HONDA and couldn't win the championship. Hayden did. Hayden has been dealing with the pile of dung called "Ducati" since he got there. He's never going to win another championship on that rubbish and nor will anyone else who rides them unless Ducati starts to emulate the Japanese bikes (which are true race bikes -- remember, Ducati is simply a European "Harley Davidson").

I wish NH the best and I've followed him since his AMA days but he is wasting his talent riding a terrible bike. He'd be better off riding a second string Honda.

mamamia - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 4:42 PM

Ducati team are a joke. I suppose they collected data for him, because when you are 0.4s of the top with a hard rear (even in one lap) and you decide to race with the medium :)

Moot - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 5:00 PM

Ducati is a European Harley Davidson???
They need to emulate Jap 'true race bikes'???
What are you smoking Jarbarian?
It may have escaped your attention but Ducati has more WSB wins and more Championships than every other manufacturer put together.
And only entering MotoGP in 2003, they had their first championship in 2007. They also had more 800cc wins than any other manufacturer.
How does that compare with Kawasaki or Suzuki - presumably two Jap manufacturers that make 'true race bikes'?
As for Harley Davidson, well the only races they can ever win are when it is a race for Harleys only!


April 08, 2013 5:02 PM
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@ jarbarian

The love for Hayden only exists when he manages to show a glimpse of hope to those who don't care for Rossi. If Hayden does something better than Rossi, however momentary, everybody is all praises. The same applies to Dovi. When he shows a glimpse, everybody proclaims how he's so much better than Rossi, but it's artificial.

The Facts - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 5:14 PM

Interesting stats look at Hayden's consistency, does this tell the tale of the Ducati progress?

2011 Race time 42'38.5
Rossi (Ducati) +16.4 7th
Dovizioso (Honda) +5.9 4th
Hayden (Ducati) +27.4 9th

2012 Race time 42'44.2
Rossi (Ducati) +33.6 10th
Dovizioso (Yamaha T3) +17.4 5th
Hayden (Ducati) +28.4 6th

2013 Race time 42'39.8
Rossi (Yamaha) +5.9 2nd
Dovizioso (Ducati) +24.3 7th
Hayden (Ducati) +24.9 8th

jarbarian - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 5:38 PM

@Moot: Yes, Ducati is a European Harley. Both of which, are terrible bikes. Unreliable, underpowered and even worse, BUTT UGLY.

@Realist: Don't disagree there. Hayden has always played second fiddle to the #1 rider at Honda and the same at Ducrappy.

@The Facts: Interesting. Not sure why anyone would want to be on a Ducati, including Hayden, 'lest it be for money. If I were in Hayden's position I would have taken less money to be on a Satelite Honda or Yamaha. At least there you'd be ahead of a factory Ducati.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 8:18 PM

its not the bike guys, its the tires :) I hope you guys realize one day that setting up a bike is so you dont blow your tires :) Any idiot knows this, its clear that the Yamaha suites Bridgestone's tires the most, just look at Michael Schumacher & Ferrari. Please stop talking about stuff you are completely wrong about.

Ducati will continue to get better as they build a more traditional bike and actually work it in an engineering sense, their setup will get better but until MotoGP/FIM allow real competition with competing tires you will only see who the promoters want you to see win. There is a reason why Ben was tossed out of Yamaha and there is a reason why Vale qualified so poorly but managed great race pace, and a lot of you dont seem to get it unfortunately.

Worse thanoob - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:20 PM

The ducati is a nail!
It can be wrestled around a fast lap but five fast laps cook the tyres GAME OVER
It is engineered fundamentaly wrongly,the tech guy on eurosport was saying that the angle of the vee on the engine puts weight to high and too far forward,pushing the front all the time.this is something that cannot be rectified by frames or set up,it doesnt matter what make of tyre is fitted it will push it or cook it.
Apperently the vee angle is a ducati trademark but untill they alter it the bike will be a dog


April 08, 2013 9:47 PM

I think you are partly correct,its all about the tires but we have had control tires for how many years now? And Ducati havn't adapted there bike yet? So part of the blame lies with the Italians without a doubt, sadly Stoners abilty to ride the bike put them years behind and when they decided to listen to a rider He wasnt prepared to see the evolution of the Desmo all the way through.
Hopefully the new bike will be ready for Mugello

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