MotoGP » Dovizioso, Hayden give 'lab' Ducati lukewarm verdict

"Unfortunately the 'lab' bike doesn't solve our problems" - Andrea Dovizioso.

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June 18, 2013 7:30 PM

horsepower numbers since they can reach the highest Top speeds at Mugello so for then the only probleme for then related with the engine is the power delevery and on that they can tune the engine to satisfy riders without any change on configuration.. i just wonder if it really is the part of the 90 degrees that let Ducati with this problems on the balance of the bike? it can be weird because we are talcking on really small stuff but on the extreme condicoes that Motogp bikes worcks with all that Forces involved, maybe this is the probleme.. Ducati is famous for the 90 degrees the L shape but one Vtwin dont worck on the RPMS that one Motogp worck.. I dunno if its true but for what i read Suzuki had use one V4 65 degrees and Honda is V4 75 degrees.. Only Honda win constantly!! If Ducati allready try a lot of chassis and swingarms etc if they allready tune the engine and change friring orders Etc, if they are allways developing the eletronics if most of the teams use Brembo brakes and


June 19, 2013 12:54 AM

What we do know is the last guy to win on the Duc was able to find a way to make it work.. To me that's a talent.

The goat riding it for the last two years, with all the touted setup skills relating to MotoGP, could do neither. Couldn't set it up, couldn't ride around it. Decided to quit.


June 19, 2013 3:55 AM

re: " I dunno if its true but for what i read Suzuki had use one V4 65 degrees and Honda is V4 75 degrees.. Only Honda win constantly!!"

yes bal all that is true. but even honda has changed to a 90. the burden is now on audi to stay the course and keep cranking out those frames. they can at least be thankful that frames are cheap compared to engines. imagine chasing your tail with the very thing that propels the bike...? :-o


June 19, 2013 5:15 AM
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Yeah, dont forget apparently Bridgestone are running softer fronts this year, something Lorenzo has said is dangerous and Dani agrees (Marc doesnt seem to know any better on that point ...) So the front end wash outs might not be a big problem for Ducati.

Dovi's rear wheel was all over the place it looked like coming through the last sequence of turns at Catalunya, I think they need to work on that.

I am a big believer if the electronics went bubye in MotoGP things would be very differet, and Ducati might have a better chance.

That said, they need to understand why their rear tires are not making the race, too much work going on in the rear of the bike. Better front end stability would be a good direction imo, move the work forward.


June 19, 2013 7:59 AM

For the umpteenth time, 2007, the glory year for some - the first year of the 800cc, Ducati won because they had far superior straight line speed, horse power and fuel consumption directly as a result of their desmodronic valve system. It still handled like crap, but the straight line speed negated those issues Google it damnit. In 2008 Honda and Yamaha closed the gap to Ducati's speed and power, but retained their superior handling and henceforth Ducati never won a championship again.
They dominated for 1 year, 1 championship, that's all.
Stoner was very good, he proved that on the Honda. But he was also very fortunate to be able to exploit Ducati's distinct advantages over the rest of the field of new 800cc's on the 2007 grid. 07 is gone, Stoner is gone and the bike does not win races anymore.

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