MotoGP » Dovizioso pessimistic over Sepang prospects


'Sepang is one of my favourite tracks, but the tests in February weren't so good' - Andrea Dovizioso

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powell

October 07, 2013 12:07 PM

bet he wishes he never left yamaha now week in week out he is fighting with a rookie who is on his old bike and most of the time he gets beat. it just shows how bad that ducati his to ride

Cammyspop

October 07, 2013 3:46 PM

This time last year Dovi was telling us he was going to be competitive on the Ducati, now he's following usual Ducati practice and making excuses before he even gets to the track. Ho hum.

Anybody want to bet on the GP14 being competitive.

Realist

October 07, 2013 4:00 PM

@ Cammyspop

Yep! This time last year, Dovi (and a good chunk of the Crash.net members) were talking about how "wholesale changes aren't needed" and that "rider's need to learn how to get the best out of the bike as it is"...

...then he went to Ducati and realized that he'd need to eat that B.S. he was spewing back then.

Conrice

October 07, 2013 5:23 PM

Idk Cammy. It appears Aprilia's technical director may be going to Ducati - Audi has green lighted him to clean house with a blank check.

Things could change for Ducati if that happens. If Dall'Inga doesn't go though, it'll be the same next year.

jambop

October 07, 2013 5:57 PM

@cornice
look things may well change at Ducati BUT Audi will not be issuing anybody with a blank check, what have Audi/VAG possibly got to gain by doing that think before you spout. What Ducati need to do is realise that they have to be able to adapt and change things. This involves their entire machine engine design the lot, instead of starting with the prerequisite that the engine has to be a certain format etc. when they do this they will progress. Ducati spend enormous amounts of money and strangely enough I do not think that money is their problem.

Conrice

October 07, 2013 6:14 PM
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@Jambop - I couldn't agree more that Ducati needs to learn how to adapt. But to say Audi has nothing to gain - you're an idiot. If Dall'Igna DID stay at Aprilia, and Aprilia starts beating Ducati next year with Nicky Hayden - they (Audi) have a lot to lose in terms of their investment (Ducati) and their GP efforts. Not to mention their WSBK efforts this year. Think about their brand - they're a racing brand. Aprilia sells almost the same bikes they do.

Therefore, there's a huge incentive to bring on Dall'Igna - and Gigi said the only he'd ever go is with a ton more money and the ability to clean house. Giving the money and restructuring the racing division (considering their current results) would not be crazy at all. It's pocket change to Audi/VAG

Why else do you think it's so late in the season and Aspar, Nicky, and Aprilia haven't locked anything down yet for next season? Google the sportrider magazine article on it.

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