MotoGP » Dovizioso: Rest of season likely to be a struggle

"I don't know if we will be able to reduce the gap before the season finishes" - Andrea Dovizioso.

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July 23, 2013 1:58 PM

This year seems to be a lost cause for Ducati even though Audi/VW money is being pumped into the program. Word has it that Marlboro does not want to negotiate with Ducati if there are no marked improvements. Slowly but surely Ducati is losing sponsorships and riders.


July 23, 2013 2:13 PM

i noticed that it looked like the ducati was starting to break dovie these last 2 races
it must be hard riding somthing that doesnt give you the feeling to be able to push to the limit
slowly sapping your confidence

it makes me wonder if the tech guys are lost not understanding what there trying to achieve
maybe just the wrong guys in charge of development

whatever the problem is it would be better for everyone if they could sort it out


July 23, 2013 2:29 PM

I like Dovi but he needs to take a reality check here as he is in no position to start whining. He knew full well what this project was when he came into it, Ducati were absolutely clear that they did not expect a huge leap forward in 2013. I would love to see it turned round but he can't take the money and now start to question things. He needs to take a public face lesson from Mr Hayden.


July 23, 2013 3:59 PM

Chin up Dovi, everyone knows it's the bike and not you.

The reason the understeer can't be dialled out is the mounting points of the engine won't allow the adjustments needed. Stoner and his team, Nicky and his team, and Dovi and his team have all shown that.

Surely Audi have had the means to bring the required engine/frame combination out by now. Could they produce it in the next couple of months or won't the engine allocation rules allow it? Please enlighten me.


July 23, 2013 4:00 PM

this is how it begins Dovi, first he said indirectly when Hayden mentioned the bumps on the track "the bumps are a non issue everyone is riding with the same conditions" , now the bumps on the track are an issue cause Hayden beat you, next you are going to take your teammate out , right after Ducati will send you for counselling Melandri style,and finally you will develop a mysterious illness, and lastly you will end up getting sacked, jeez i think i have seen this movie before.


July 23, 2013 4:08 PM

That was a bad move for Dovi to move over to Ducati to begin with. Instead of bitching about not having a "factory" ride he should have stayed on the "competitive" Yamaha where he could be up front fighting with Crutchlow and Bradl! So as far as how frustrated he is with the Ducati, I don't care to hear it.

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