MotoGP » Hayden, Dovizioso test Ducati 'lab' bike

“This is the first true change this year, and although it's not as big as I'd hoped, we're going in the right direction” – Andrea Dovizioso.

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Ron - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 4:45 AM

Carbon fiber, stress mount engine, chassis seemed to work pretty well for the Britain V1000, but that had a radically different front-end too.


May 07, 2013 9:33 AM

@coffee- Domenicali has been an integral part of the rise of Ducati over the past ten years and if you knew anything about the brand you would know they truly have turned things around in a massive way. The statement about the time coming to ditch Gobmeier's plan is just plain nuts. They are three races into the season are ahead of where they said they would be. To totally revolutionise and start from scratch would take them completely out of the game and then come back in a worse place. Think man, think.


May 07, 2013 9:57 AM

The Ducati won't change until the frame is constructed so that the engine can be moved around in the frame to find the optimum position. This is not going to happen this year because, according to Ducati, of the limited engine allocation!
Also the suspension mounting points need to be re-engineered. They might find an improvement in handling there, but things don't look promising.
No wonder Rossi got out and I hope against hope that this doesn't mean the end of Dovi's career.


May 07, 2013 11:02 AM

I like how Ducrapi doubted their previous 2 years of work and decided to "retest" everything. Battling with CRTs this weekend proved what a POS their bike actually is. 1 quick lap meants buggerall .Their Panigale WSBK entry is also BS. Twins dominated in the past because of their increase displacement over the fours. They seriously need to move on or end up on the Benelli Bimota boat

Sonic - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 12:36 PM

I think it is the engine, not the chassis. That heavy 90 degree vee four lump thats pushing front end in the odd way. It is the only thing they havent changed, and thats the problem right there. No chassis can solve that.

number 46 - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 5:24 PM

Ducati want to be WC and even if they bring CS back they wouldn't be WC. Maybe they would win races., so what is the point the man retired and he was amazing on the bikes 2 WC lots of wins so what is new. Ducati cant make a prototype that can win WC and for know the step forward would be enough that they cant fight with the fastest guys but with the other riders mainly dovi and hayden.

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 7:34 PM

Casey was only brought into this by myself in a light hearted way.I couldnt resist it and i appologise.
But being serious for a moment.
Do you think it would be a bad idea to have the only guy ever to win the championship for Ducati on their development staff?
I dont to be honest.If anyone can point to the faults the bike has it is Casey.He pointed a few of them out whilst he was riding for them.They didnt listen then.They may listen now!
If Ducati contacted him and asked for his input,i wouldnt be remotely surprised.

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