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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prof-x - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 2:02 AM

@Rocket, they change the tire formula almost every year dude, Bridgestone choose who wins and who loses, because get this, prototype bikes have to be built and setup around the tires. LOLZ, this is an easy logical deduction, if Bridgestone choose Tire X, then all manufactures have to build a bike that works and setsup well arround Tire X, if next year it's tire Y then they have to work around that.

You want to know what will save costs, letting people pick more than one flavor of tire, or getting Bridgestone to build several types of tires which are open standard (public) and according to the statistical distribution of what people need/want. Covering at least 3 standard deviations would be a lot cheaper for all people vs building tires which work in a much narrower deviation per bike demands.

This is not saving people money, this is politics making it harder for other teams to compete with the ones Bridgestone decide to build their tires around.

Lastly, Yamaha have been benefiting

prof-x - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 2:05 AM


Lastly, Yamaha have been benefiting MASSIVELY since 2009 since the control tire, ask yourself one question how do Yamaha keep getting it right with the tires???? Thats a good question indeed.

I am not even going to get started about what a fuk'd up thing traction control is and how only people who have that setup right have a remote chance as well, imagine this. This is money and advertising, this is not racing in a pure sense, If Dani continues to have 'rear' tire problems while Mark keeps sliding his tires and making all kinds of mistakes has none its pretty clear whats going on, and devices like traction CONTROL which really only hurt poorer teams or poorer teammates... that is where they find their utility :)

jerginz - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 3:37 AM

I'd say the '08 bike was the "prime" bike for ducati. stoner has still has multiple records that stand to this day from that bike.. That said, ducati has a LONG way to go to get to that level of competitiveness again. But with all 4 bikes full factory spec and the talent of the riders they have, this could be a major year in turning their fortunes around. Definitely won't happen overnight, but I'm hoping to see slow but steady progress from them throughout the year.

HG - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 5:32 AM

Why would you go to a Honda or Yamaha satellite ?
To end up in 4th or 5th every year ? No one is going to remember or care, no one even cares who was 3rd in last year's Championship.
Their careers ($ for future housing) are extremely short compared to yours and mine. So why would they go work for pocket change? or worst, pay for riding ?

jambop - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 8:21 AM

The problem is Ducati engineers who take any criticism of the bike as an insult! Now that Audi are involved things will change and the project will move forward. As Valentino has said if nothing is done about the attitude at Ducati it will never win, but with Audi now calling the shots things will change. However the fact is that even if the bike is improved Dovi and Hayden are no match for JL and VR nevermind MM and DP and these four riders will be sharing out the wins this season!


April 09, 2013 10:13 AM

Dovi finished in the position expected of the bike. He also finished as the top Ducati rider. Don't underestimate the effort he put in to do that.
Until there are radical changes to the Ducati the bike is going to struggle no matter who is riding it.

The radical changes should have come in 2009 when Casey was struggling. The fact that the 4 bikes this year, which are stated to be equal, finished line astern should tell Ducati/Audi all they need to know.


April 09, 2013 5:48 PM

Haha. A lot of interesting "advice" from "experts".

I had to laugh at the "ducati is the Italian Harley"...and it's "butt ugly". That's why the Japanese sports bikes have been fstyled after Ducati for 20 years, after they were blown away by the 916 for its looks and performance. I can't recall too many racing Ducati's failing due to "reliability" either. But back to Dovi's performance...

It was a good ride. The tyres were never going to last. A recurring problem, as @Prof-x pointed out again.

Dovi qualified well, and raced it as hard as he could. They'll get data from that. Hayden did that last year.

billybobmarysue - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 8:31 PM


You need to learn some history. The Ducati 916 was stylistically based on Honda's NR750, which was 2 years before the 916. Even Massimo Tamburini, the designer of the 916 admits that!...

Also, if you worked in the bike trade, you'd know that Ducatis have a reputation for being far far more unreliable than anything Japanese!

Personally I love them, but facts are facts!

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