MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: Dovizioso edges Bautista showdown

'Obviously, we're not satisfied with seventh place, but the race time wasn't bad' - Andrea Dovizioso

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speck - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 12:23 PM

Interesting race for ducati here.It seems clear that Dovizioso is the only one who can lug it with the rest.
But ,it's really hard to imagine them going anywhere this season.Finishing 7th this season might be the best they can think about.


April 22, 2013 12:40 PM

You have to say that Dovi is a fine rider, and that Ducati should be well pleased with their signing, and the effort, work and skill he's demonstrating.

As for all those that knock the guy & said he had his chance on the Repsol - well, it's been widely reported that AD didn't get quite the same level of support the others did. In any case - no-one has considered that Dovi might just be an even better rider today.

This isn't a poke (gotta be careful as VR fans tend to be a delicate & testy bunch, and will attack like rabid terriers at the hint of anything less than praise for HIM) - but so far Dovi's pair of race weekends on the Ducati suggest he's doing a better job on it than VR did.


April 22, 2013 1:11 PM

Dovi's showing the promise I expected. He was good rider on the 3rd tier Honda and got shafted, turned in good solid rides on the Tech3 Yam, and got shafted. Given the same chances as the others he would be the 5th Alien. And with a nod to TalentFan ......maybe even the 4th :)


April 22, 2013 1:12 PM

re: "Bernhard Gobmeier, Ducati Corse General Manager, said a 'major issue' with GP13 is still to be resolved"

s1, some random guy on the net (or is he) says you can either build a next gen full trellis today...? or you can build a next gen full trellis tommorrow...? either way, you are GOING to build it. the day and time of when you notch your first win is up to you. i have spoken.


April 22, 2013 1:43 PM

re: "Dovizioso pulls off last lap move to snatch seventh place from Alvaro Bautista, relishes battle with Gresini Honda rider"

though he didn't stick the landing, that hail mary into T1 two laps from the end...? impressive, most impressive (vader voice). shades of brands, paddock hill. thank you schwantz.

Wacko - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 4:16 PM

I can't say for certain that a new Trellis is the answer but is certainly seems that as soon as Ducati stepped away from their tried and true race winning trellis it all went to hell in a hand basket for them. Though I had high hopes to see them stick with (and perfect) the Carbon Chassis. Alas it was never fully sorted and the outgoing regime scrapped it and decided to try Aluminum since it was working for the Japanese bikes. Everyone is saying that the understeer is the primary cause of the problems. You can see the Ducati's trying to unweight the front in any kind of “on throttle” cornering situation even on TV. The Hondas and Yamahas seem to have the squat figured out, and I would even go so far as to say the Aprilia guys are not far behind, based on Espargaro's recent outings.
Come on Gobmeyer it is time to give these guys a bike to race with!


April 22, 2013 4:40 PM
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@ Talent Fan

Dovi is doing about the best he can, but how is it that you have gathered that "he is doing better than Rossi"? Rossi's very first two races on the red pig netted him a 7th and a 5th. Dovi is doing more or less the same as Rossi. In fact, Rossi finished no lower than 7th in majority of the races, but he had the odd 9th, 10th or a crash. He also got a podium by his 4th race, and two 2nd places his second year. Before we start with the "Dovi is better than....", let's see how the season plays out and if he can get that bike on the podium.


April 22, 2013 5:46 PM

@ Realist

I was referring to the way in which he is riding - Dovi looks more in tune with the bike and natural - Rossi always looked a bit tentative and a bit like you'd expect a postman to look at a dog with a hair-trigger temperament.

Rather than results per se (cos every race is different, the competiveness of other racers, bikes etc. etc.) I was looking just at Dovi on the Ducati. For example - last year Spies had such a 'mare that 1 of the top 4 bikes was AWOL, gaining MANY riders a spot they might not have got if things were 'normal'. Its not just about the final position, but HOW it was achieved if you see what i mean.

To me - Dovi looks more comfortable on the Ducati & more confident on it than VR did.


April 22, 2013 5:59 PM

re: "I can't say for certain that a new Trellis is the answer"

no worries, that's why i'm here.... to say these things. :) same as the 90V, the passage of time will prove this out.

sadly there's no getting around, ducati and audi (together or apart) are STILL two companies that have ZERO experience constructing ally twin spars, nevermind COMPETITIVE twin spars. that means the sum is isn't greater than the whole.

and not to say that they can't do it...? because they certainly could...? a chimpanzee will eventually type out War and Peace if you set him in front of a keyboard.

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